Wahlenbergia paludicola Thulin

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Synonyms: Lightfootia abyssinica (Hochst. ex A. Rich.) Thulin var. tenuis sensu Hepper
Lightfootia gracillima R. E. Fries
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Status: Native
Slender annual herb, more or less prostrate or straggling, 10–50 cm tall, hairless. Stem usually branching only in upper part. Leaves alternate, sessile, linear to narrowly lanceolate, 2–12 mm long, midvein prominent beneath, lateral veins obscure; margin with a few small teeth; basal leaves more broadly ovate but falling early. Flowers in a lax inflorescence on pedicels 6–32 mm long. Calyx lobes 0·6–1·4 mm long. Corolla white or bluish, split almost to the base into lanceolate lobes 2·4–5 mm long. Capsule 2–locular, 0·6–1·4 mm long.
Type location:
Bangweulu, Zambia.
Derivation of specific name: paludicola: swamp-loving.
Habitat: In boggy grassland, often on sandy soils.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Cameroon, DRC, Uganda, Tanzania Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Madagascar.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,Lp,N,C,S
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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 31.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 38.

Thulin, M. (1983). Campanulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Page 111.

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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: Wahlenbergia paludicola.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=157640, retrieved 1 March 2024

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