Aptosimum decumbens Schinz

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Aptosimum decumbens

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Farmland just below the Makuni ridge about 7km east of the road between Livingstone and the Falls, turn off about 300m south of the Maramba river

Aptosimum decumbens

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By road from Sinamatella to Robins Camp, Hwange NP

Aptosimum decumbens

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Robins Camp, Hwange NP

Aptosimum decumbens

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Robins Camp, Hwange NP

Aptosimum decumbens

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Robins Camp, Hwange NP

Aptosimum decumbens

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Zambezi National Park.

Aptosimum decumbens

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C49 to Linyanthi / Chichimane

Aptosimum decumbens

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C49 to Linyanthi / Chichimane

Aptosimum decumbens

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C49 to Linyanthi / Chichimane

Aptosimum decumbens

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B8 road through Bwabwata near Mwitiku

Aptosimum decumbens

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B8 road through Bwabwata near Mwitiku

Aptosimum decumbens

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B8 road through Bwabwata near Mwitiku

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Status: Native
Description:
Spreading more or less prostrate perennial herb. Branches up to 1 m long, densely short-pubescent Leaves subsessile, oblanceolate-oblong, 3-5 cm long, hairless or sparsely glandular pubescent above, more densely below. Flowers axillary, solitary or few together deep blue to violet, darker near the centre, with 2 white markings in the throat of the corolla. Fruit a small capsule, very broadly obovate, laterally compressed, c. 4.5 × 5.5 mm, short-pubescent.
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Derivation of specific name: decumbens: (of stems) lying on the ground and tending to rise at the end
Habitat: In grassland and open woodland on various soil types, particularly in sand or basalt clay.
Altitude range: 850 - 1100 m
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): S
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Literature:

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 57. (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 77.

Philcox, D. (1990). Scrophulariaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(2) Page 7.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 105. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 102.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Aptosimum decumbens
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Aptosimum decumbens
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Aptosimum decumbens
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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: Aptosimum decumbens.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=150920, retrieved 9 December 2021

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