Pandiaka rubro-lutea (Lopr.) C.C. Towns.

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Pandiaka rubro-lutea

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
Nsumbu National Park; Nsama Distr., Northern Province

Pandiaka rubro-lutea

Photo: Nicholas Wightman
Nsumbu National Park; Nsama Distr., Northern Province

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Synonyms: Achyranthes rubro-lutea Lopr.
Pandiaka andongensis Hiern
Common names:
Status: Native
Annual herb, usually much branched growing up to 90 cm tall; stem and branches ridged, often reddish, moderately to densely covered in long soft hairs; leaves broadly obovate to linear, 1.5-8.5 x 0.2-3.5 cm., thinly to moderately covered in long soft hairs, sessile, blunt to subacute at apex; inflorescence green with apices of bracts, bracteoles and tepals frequently pink to carmine, conical when young but becoming subglobose to cylindrical, 1.2-6.5 x 1.2-1.4 cm., very dense on a short to long peduncle up to 11 cm. long or rarely sessile through branch-condensation and then often with short lateral inflorescences at the base; bracts ovate-lanceolate, 3-5 mm. long, white-membranous, glabrous or sparingly hairy along the central dorsal surface, tapering to apex; bracteoles narrower, lanceolate, 2.75-5 mm. long, more densely hairy; flowers truncate at base, fused to bracteoles and attached to the inflorescence axis by a knob-like stalk; tepals lanceolate-subulate, greenish with stout midrib ending in a pale to reddish pointed tip 1-2 mm. long, outer 5.5-7 mm. long with upwardly directed white hairs, inner c. 1 mm. shorter and narrower; perianth and bracteoles falling in one unit in fruit; capsule oblong-ovoid, 2-2.25 mm. long; seed c. 2 mm. long, oblong-ellipsoid, shiny brown.
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Flowering time:Feb - May
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC (Katanga), Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.
Malawi distribution: N
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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 16.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 21.

Townsend, C.C. (1988). Amaranthaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(1) Pages 116 - 118. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Pandiaka rubro-lutea
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Pandiaka rubro-lutea., retrieved 22 July 2024

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