Triumfetta rhomboidea Jacq.

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Triumfetta rhomboidea

Picture: Bart Wursten
On terraces below Ndundu Lodge

Triumfetta rhomboidea

Picture: Bart Wursten
Near Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Triumfetta rhomboidea

Picture: Bart Wursten
Near Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Triumfetta rhomboidea

Picture: Bart Wursten
Near Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Synonyms: Bartramia indica L.
Triumfetta diversifolia E. Mey.
Common names:
Status: Native
Usually annual or rarely perennial herb, up to 2 m tall but usually shorter. Leaves ovate to ovate-lanceolate, unlobed to distinctly 3 lobed, 2.5 - 15 cm long, 3-7 veined from the base; apex acute; base cordate or truncate; margin irregularly serrate. Flowers in axillary cymes, yellow. Sepals c. 5 mm long, often tipped dark red, linear, narrower and longer than the petals. Fruit spherical, tomentose, 4-5 mm in diameter including the short bristles or aculei.
Type location:
West Indies
Notes: See Triumfetta pentandra for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: rhomboidea: rhombic or more or less diamond-shaped, referring to the leaves.
Habitat: In a variety of cultivated and disturbed habitats.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Pan-tropical and subtropical, including South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,N,Lk,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 279. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 57. As Triumfetta rhomboidea rhomboidea

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 36. As Triumfetta rhomboidea rhomboidea

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 81.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 109.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 181.

Wild, H. (1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 40. (Includes a picture).

Wild, H. (1963). Tiliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 2(1) Pages 73 - 74.

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Triumfetta rhomboidea., retrieved 20 June 2024

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