Grona triflora (L.) H.Ohashi & K.Ohashi

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Grona triflora

Picture: Mark Hyde
Harry Pichanick Drive, Alexandra Park, Harare

Grona triflora

Picture: Mark Hyde
Harry Pichanick Drive, Alexandra Park, Harare

Grona triflora

Picture: Mark Hyde
Near entrance to MacDonald Park, Harare

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Synonyms: Desmodium triflorum (L.) DC.
Hedysarum triflorum L.
Common names:
Status: Introduced
Prostrate, annual or perennial herb, forming large mats. Stems much-branched, bristly hairy. Leaves resembling a Trifolium, 3-foliolate; leaflets 4-14 × 4-12 mm, obovate, rounded to emarginate at the apex, glabrous above, pilose beneath; petiole 4-11 mm long. Flowers 1-3 in leaf axils, borne on 5-10 mm pedicels. Calyx hairy. Standard blue, purple, reddish or pink. Fruit of 2-5 articles; one margin ± straight, the other indented; articles 2-3.5 mm long. Seeds brown.
Type location:
Sri Lanka
Derivation of specific name: triflorum: with flowers in threes
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Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in the tropics.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lp
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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 47. as Desmodium triflorum

Ohashi, H. & Ohashi, K. (2019). Desmodium (Leguminosae Tribe Desmodieae) of Africa, Madagascar and the Mascarene Islands Journal of Japanese Botany 94(3) Page 137.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 60. as Desmodium triflorum

Verdcourt, B. (2000). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(6) Pages 14 - 15. as Desmodium triflorum

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-21

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2021). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Grona triflora., retrieved 7 May 2021

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