Torenia thouarsii (Cham. & Schltdl.) Kuntze

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Torenia thouarsii

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Along footpath from Muwawa to Zomba

Torenia thouarsii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along footpath from Muwawa to Zomba

Torenia thouarsii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Along footpath from Muwawa to Zomba

Torenia thouarsii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Swanepoel Timber Concession, Cheringoma

Torenia thouarsii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Swanepoel Timber Concession, Cheringoma

Torenia thouarsii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Swanepoel Timber Concession, Cheringoma

Torenia thouarsii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Chironde area, Coutada 12, Cheringoma.

Torenia thouarsii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Chironde area, Coutada 12, Cheringoma.

Torenia thouarsii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Pungwe River opposite Vinhu, Gorongosa National Park

Torenia thouarsii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Pungwe River opposite Vinhu, Gorongosa National Park

Torenia thouarsii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Pungwe River opposite Vinhu, Gorongosa National Park

Torenia thouarsii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Pungwe River opposite Vinhu, Gorongosa National Park

Torenia thouarsii

Picture: Bart Wursten
Pungwe River opposite Vinhu, Gorongosa National Park

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Synonyms: Nortenia thouarsii Cham. & Schlechtend.) Kuntze
Torenia parviflora Buch.-Ham. ex Benth.
Torenia parviflora Buch.-Ham. ex Benth.
Torenia ramosissima Vatke
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Slender, somewhat straggling branched herb with 4-angled branches up to 40 cm long, sometimes rooting at the nodes. Leaves opposite, ovate-lanceolate, 12-20(30) mm long; margin crenate-serrate, sometimes thickened; petiole 0.5-3 mm long. Flowers axillary,solitary or 2-6 together. Calyx 5-6 mm long sparsely hairy, narrowly winged, more so in fruit. Corolla 10-12 mm long, white or pink, blue,purple or mauve. Capsule narrowly oblong-ellipsoid, 7-10 mm long.
Type location:
Mauritius
Notes:
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Grassland, marshes, swamps, lake shores and riversides.
Altitude range: Up to 1750 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa and the Mascarene Islands, probably introduced in Central and South America.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): W
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 8 June 2016
Literature:

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 110.

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 79.

Philcox, D. (1990). Scrophulariaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(2) Pages 57 - 58. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 99.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 105.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Torenia thouarsii
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Torenia thouarsii
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Ispot Southern Africa: Torenia thouarsii
JSTOR Plant Science: Torenia thouarsii
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Torenia thouarsii
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Torenia thouarsii
The Plant List (version 1.1): Torenia thouarsii
Tropicos: Torenia thouarsii


Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-18

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2018). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Torenia thouarsii.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=151420, retrieved 19 December 2018

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