Aeschynomene fluitans Peter

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Aeschynomene fluitans

Lower Zambezi NP
May 2013
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Aeschynomene schlechteri Harms ex Baker f.
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial aquatic herb. Stems hollow, up to 4.5 m, densely covered in adventitious roots. Leaves up to 8 cm, paripinnate with 16-26 pairs of leaflets; leaflets oblong to linear-oblong, 9-25 mm long, hairless, blue-green; margin entire or finely serrate. Flowers solitary in the leaf axils, yellow. Fruit 1.5-5 cm long with a tuberculate ridge around the margin.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: fluitans: floating
Habitat: Floating on the water surface in slow-moving rivers, ponds and floodplains.
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Worldwide distribution: DR Congo, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Caprivi Namibia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lp,S,W
Growth form(s): Aquatic.
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Content last updated: Wednesday 2 August 2017

Ellery, K. & W. (1997). Plants of the Okavango Delta, a Field Guide Tsaro Publishers, Durban, South Africa Page 140.

Roodt, V. (2011). Wild flowers, Waterplants and Grasses of the Okavango Delta and Kalahari "Did You Know" nature series Struik Nature for Veronica Roodt Publications Page 53. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 61.

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 210.

Verdcourt, B. (2000). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(6) Page 68.

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Flora of Botswana: Aeschynomene fluitans
Flora of Caprivi: Aeschynomene fluitans
Flora of Zimbabwe: Aeschynomene fluitans
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Aeschynomene fluitans

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Aeschynomene fluitans
African Plant Database: Aeschynomene fluitans
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Aeschynomene fluitans
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Aeschynomene fluitans
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Aeschynomene fluitans
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Aeschynomene fluitans
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Aeschynomene fluitans
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Aeschynomene fluitans
Ispot Southern Africa: Aeschynomene fluitans
JSTOR Plant Science: Aeschynomene fluitans
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Aeschynomene fluitans
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Aeschynomene fluitans
The Plant List (version 1.1): Aeschynomene fluitans
Tropicos: Aeschynomene fluitans

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-18

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2018). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Aeschynomene fluitans., retrieved 24 March 2018

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