Commelina pycnospatha Brenan

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Status: Native
Multi-branched annual with decumbent stems up to 1 m long, often reddish, rooting at the nodes. Leaves distichous, sessile, ovate-elliptic to lanceolate, 1.5-6 cm long; basal sheats often purplish, split to the base, hairless or white-ciliate at the apex. Spaths solitary, leaf-opposed on the long shoots and also densely clustered on short axillary shoots. Spathsslightly falcate, 1.1-2.7 cm long, truncate to cordate at the base; margins free, usually ciliate, 1-3(5)-flowered. Flowers, bisexual, c. 7.5 mm wide; petals pale yellow.
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Habitat: Marshy seepage in grassland, stream banks, roadside ditches and disturbed wet depressions.
Altitude range: Above 800 m
Flowering time:Apr-May & Oct
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca):
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lk
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Red data list status: Data deficient
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Content last updated: Sunday 30 November 2014

Timberlake, J., Darbyshire, I., Wursten, B., Hadj-Hammou, J., Ballings, P., Mapaura, A., Matimele, H., Banze, A., Chipanga, H., Muassinar, D., Massunde, J., Chelene, I., Osborne, J., Shah, T. (2016). Chimanimani Mountains: Botany and Conservation. Report produced under CEPF Grant 63512. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London. Page 47.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 82.

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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: Commelina pycnospatha., retrieved 24 April 2024

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