Polycarpaea corymbosa (L.) Lam.

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Polycarpaea corymbosa

Picture: Bart Wursten
Nr end of dam wall, Cleveland Dam

Polycarpaea corymbosa

Picture: Bart Wursten
Nr end of dam wall, Cleveland Dam

Polycarpaea corymbosa

Picture: Bart Wursten
Nr end of dam wall, Cleveland Dam

Polycarpaea corymbosa

Picture: Bart Wursten
Nr end of dam wall, Cleveland Dam

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Common names:
Status: Native
Erect annual herb, usually unbranched. Leaves opposite or appearing in whorls, linear up to 35 mm long with a terminal bristle. Flowers in compact terminal heads. Sepals silvery white, turning rich brown with age; petals small, pink to orange. Fruit a minute ellipsoid capsule.
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Habitat: On sandy soils in open woodland and grassland, sometimes as a weed of cultivated ground.
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Worldwide distribution:
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): W
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 45. As Polycarpaea corymbosa contracta

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 29. As Polycarpaea corymbosa contracta

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 32. as Polycarpaea corymbosa var. corymbosa

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 45.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 203.

Wild, H. (1960-1). Caryophyllaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 343 - 344.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 90.

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Flora of Botswana: Polycarpaea corymbosa
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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Polycarpaea corymbosa
Flora of Malawi: Polycarpaea corymbosa
Flora of Mozambique: Polycarpaea corymbosa
Flora of Zimbabwe: Polycarpaea corymbosa

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Polycarpaea corymbosa
African Plant Database: Polycarpaea corymbosa
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Polycarpaea corymbosa
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Polycarpaea corymbosa
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Polycarpaea corymbosa
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iNaturalist: Polycarpaea corymbosa
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Polycarpaea corymbosa
JSTOR Plant Science: Polycarpaea corymbosa
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Polycarpaea corymbosa
Plants of the World Online: Polycarpaea corymbosa
Tropicos: Polycarpaea corymbosa
Wikipedia: Polycarpaea corymbosa

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Polycarpaea corymbosa.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=123330, retrieved 29 September 2023

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