Evolvulus alsinoides (L.) L.
var. alsinoides

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Evolvulus alsinoides var. alsinoides

Picture: Bart Wursten
Twentydales Ext. Epworth, Harare

Evolvulus alsinoides var. alsinoides

Picture: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Evolvulus alsinoides var. alsinoides

Picture: Bart Wursten
By the lodges, Lake Kyle Recreational Park

Evolvulus alsinoides var. alsinoides

Picture: Petra Ballings
Area surrounding Mt. Buhwa

Evolvulus alsinoides var. alsinoides

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along roadside Mahenye Village.

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Synonyms: Convolvulus alsinoides L.
Convolvulus linifolius L.
Evolvulus azureus Schumach. & Thonn.
Evolvulus fugacissimus A. Rich.
Evolvulus linifolius (L.) L.
Common names:
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Small annual or perennial herb. It may be somewhat trailing or grow into a small shrubby herb up to about 20 cm high. Stems, branches and calyces covered in long silvery hairs. Leaves subsessile, elliptic, ovate-oblong, lanceolate or linear-oblong, 5-45 mm long, mucronate, covered in silvery hairs on both surfaces. Inflorescences 1-few-flowered, axillary. Corolla broadly funnel-shaped, c. 1 cm in diameter, blue, rarely white.
Type location:
Notes: Zimbabwean records of Evolvulus alsinoides have been named var. alsinoides. The variety of the Zambian plants is not known but we have provisionally also placed them under var. alsinoides.
Derivation of specific name: alsinoides: like the genus Alsine
Habitat: In a wide variety of habitats.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Nov - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Widespread throughout the tropics and subtropics.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lk,W
Growth form(s): Annual, perennial.
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 131. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 17. As Evolvulus alsinoides

Gonçalves, M.L. (1987). Convolvulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(1) Pages 14 - 16. As Evolvulus alsinoides (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 49. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 340. (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 36.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London 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 49.

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 204.

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Flora of Botswana: Evolvulus alsinoides var. alsinoides
Flora of Caprivi: Evolvulus alsinoides var. alsinoides
Flora of Malawi: Evolvulus alsinoides var. alsinoides
Flora of Mozambique: Evolvulus alsinoides var. alsinoides
Flora of Zimbabwe: Evolvulus alsinoides var. alsinoides

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Evolvulus alsinoides
African Plant Database: Evolvulus alsinoides
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Evolvulus alsinoides
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Evolvulus alsinoides
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Evolvulus alsinoides
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iNaturalist: Evolvulus alsinoides
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Evolvulus alsinoides
JSTOR Plant Science: Evolvulus alsinoides
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Evolvulus alsinoides
Plants of the World Online: Evolvulus alsinoides
Tropicos: Evolvulus alsinoides
Wikipedia: Evolvulus alsinoides

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: Evolvulus alsinoides var. alsinoides.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=147190, retrieved 22 February 2024

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