Waltheria indica L.

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Waltheria indica

Picture: Bart Wursten
Haka Game Park, Cleveland Dam

Waltheria indica

Picture: Bart Wursten
Haka Game Park, Cleveland Dam

Waltheria indica

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along Fort Usher road, Matobo

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Synonyms: Waltheria americana L. var. indica (L.) K. Schum.
Waltheria wildii Suess.
Common names:
Frequency: Common
Status: Native or possibly introduced.
Erect shrubby perennial, up to 50 cm. Most parts of the plant are covered in short shiny hairs. Leaves narrowly lanceolate with irregularly toothed margins. Flowers in dense axillary clusters, yellow.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: indica: of India
Habitat: In rocky areas in woodland and grassland, often in disturbed places.
Altitude range: Up to 1600 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread throughout the tropics and subtropics.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lk
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Hyalites eponina (Food plant)
Eublemma anachoresis (Larval food plant)
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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 37.

Goodier, R. & Phipps, J.B. (1961). A revised checklist of the vascular plants of the Chimanimani Mountains Kirkia 1 Page 59.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 313. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 222. (Includes a picture).

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 80.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 45. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 108.

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 29.

Wild, H. (1960-1). Sterculiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 534 - 537. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 95.

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Flora of Botswana: Waltheria indica
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Waltheria indica
African Plant Database: Waltheria indica
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Waltheria indica
JSTOR Plant Science: Waltheria indica
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Waltheria indica
Plants of the World Online: Waltheria indica
Tropicos: Waltheria indica
Wikipedia: Waltheria indica

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: Waltheria indica.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=140030, retrieved 21 September 2023

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