Nesaea heptamera Hiern

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Nesaea heptamera

Picture: Bart Wursten
Borrowdale Common, Harare

Nesaea heptamera

Picture: Bart Wursten
Monavale Vlei

Nesaea heptamera

Picture: Bart Wursten
Monavale Vlei

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Status: Native
Glabrous subshrub, 10-40 cm, from a woody rootstock. Leaves decussate, sessile; lamina linear-lanceolate, glaucous, 1-nerved; base rounded, truncate or subcordate; apex acute. Dichasia (1-)3-flowered; peduncle slender, to 15 mm; bracteoles 1.5-2 mm, linear-lanceolate; pedicels of lateral flowers 1-2 mm. Flowers 6-7(-8)-merous. Calyx tube 3-4.7 mm, cup-shaped; lobes 0.8-1 mm; appendages very short. Petals 2.5-5 mm, orange, pink with red mid-line, pale red or red. Stamens 12-14(-16), unequal, exserted. Style 8-9 mm. Capsule 3-3.5 mm in diameter, spherical.
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Habitat: In vleis, especially noticeable after fires
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Flowering time:Oct - Nov
Worldwide distribution: From the DRC and Tanzania south to the FZ area
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca):
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N,E,C,Lk,S
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Fernandes, A. (1978). Lythraceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 291 - 292.

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 59.

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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: Nesaea heptamera., retrieved 25 April 2024

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