Ludwigia octovalvis (Jacq.) P.H. Raven
subsp. brevisepala (Brenan) P.H. Raven

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Ludwigia octovalvis subsp. brevisepala

Photo: Bart Wursten
Besna Kobila farm, Matobo

Ludwigia octovalvis subsp. brevisepala

Photo: Bart Wursten
Besna Kobila farm, Matobo

Ludwigia octovalvis subsp. brevisepala

Photo: Bart Wursten
Besna Kobila farm, Matobo

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Synonyms: Jussiaea didymosperma Perrier
Jussiaea linearis Willd.
Jussiaea suffruticosa L. var. linearis (Willd.) Oliv. ex Kuntze
Jussiaea suffruticosa L. var. brevisepala Brenan
Jussiaea suffruticosa L. var. pseudolinearis Brenan
Ludwigia pubescens (L.) H. Hara var. brevisepala (Brenan) H. Hara
Ludwigia pubescens (L.) H. Hara var. linearis (Willd.) A. & R. Fernandes
Common names:
Status: Native
Robust shrubby herb up to several meters tall, often woody near the base, most parts with more or less dense spreading hairs. Leaves linear or lanceolate, 2-9 cm long; petiole up to 10 mm long. Flowers, axillary, yellow; sepals 4, ovate, up to 6 mm long, petals 4, obovate, up to 8 mm long, notched at the apex; stamens 8. Fruit a capsule up to 45 mm long, terete, with 8 darker ribs, crowned by the remaining calyx lobes.
Notes: See subsp. octovalvis for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: octovalvis: with 8 valves in the capsule;
brevispala: with short sepals.
Habitat: On moist ground near lakes and along rivers and streams
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Worldwide distribution: (This subspecies) Widespread in tropical Africa, Cape Verde Islands, São Tomé and probably introduced in Madagascar.
Malawi distribution: 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 65.

Raven, P.H. (1978). Onagraceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 336 - 338.

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Flora of Caprivi: Ludwigia octovalvis subsp. brevisepala
Flora of Mozambique: Ludwigia octovalvis subsp. brevisepala
Flora of Zambia: Ludwigia octovalvis subsp. brevisepala
Flora of Zimbabwe: Ludwigia octovalvis subsp. brevisepala

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ludwigia octovalvis
African Plant Database: Ludwigia octovalvis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Ludwigia octovalvis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Ludwigia octovalvis
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ludwigia octovalvis
JSTOR Plant Science: Ludwigia octovalvis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ludwigia octovalvis
Plants of the World Online: Ludwigia octovalvis
Tropicos: Ludwigia octovalvis
Wikipedia: Ludwigia octovalvis

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: Ludwigia octovalvis subsp. brevisepala., retrieved 29 May 2024

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