Sesuvium hydaspicum (Edgew.) Gonç.

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Sesuvium hydaspicum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zambezi National Park.

Sesuvium hydaspicum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zambezi National Park.

Sesuvium hydaspicum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zambezi National Park.

Sesuvium hydaspicum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Zambezi National Park.

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Synonyms: Sesuvium hoepfnerianum Schinz
Sesuvium nyasicum (Baker) Gonç.
Sesuvium sesuvioides auct.
Trianthema dinteri Engl.
Trianthema hydaspicum Edgew.
Trianthema nyasica Baker
Trianthema polyspermum Hochst. ex Oliv.
Trianthema salarium Bremek.
Common names:
Status: Native
Branching semi-prostrate fleshy annual herb. Stems slightly succulent, up to c. 50 cm long. Leaves (sub)opposite or alternate by reduction, narrowly elliptic or elliptic-oblong, 7-23 mm long, slightly succulent. Flowers solitary, sessile, pink to purple, greenish on the outside. Perianth segments united in the basal half, narrowly triangular, with a dorsal apiculus, 1-2 mm long, from just below the apex. Fruit pointed, thickened in the lower part. Seeds with transverse wrinkles.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In moist depressions on sandy and rocky soils, often in mopane woodland.
Altitude range: 300 - 1280 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in the drier parts of Africa, Arabia, India and Pakistan.
Malawi distribution: S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Sunday 22 January 2017

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 33. As Sesuvium nyasicum

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 20. As Sesuvium nyasicum

Gonçalves, M.L. (1978). Aizoaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Page 516. Also as S. nyasicum

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 149. (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 15. As Sesuvium nyasicum

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 19. As Sesuvium nyasicum (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 20. Also as S. nyasicum

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Flora of Botswana: Sesuvium hydaspicum
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Flora of Zambia: Sesuvium hydaspicum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Sesuvium hydaspicum

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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: Sesuvium hydaspicum., retrieved 22 April 2024

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