Hydrocotyle mannii Hook.f.

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Hydrocotyle mannii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Hydrocotyle mannii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Synonyms: Hydrocotyle hirta R. Br.
Hydrocotyle moschata sensu auct.
Common names:
Status: Native
Prostrate, creeping perennial herb, rooting at the nodes. Leaves round to kidney-shaped with a narrow but deeply cordate base, up to 5 × 4.5 cm, with 5-15 lobes varying from very shallow to about halfway to the centre of the leaf, nearly hairless or with scattered bristly hairs above, more densely so below, especially on the veins; margin crenate-dentate to almost entire; petiole 1.5-11 cm long, more or less densely hairy with white bristly hairs. Flowers minute, greenish-white, in 10-30-flowered, dense spherical umbels.
Derivation of specific name: mannii: after Gustav Mann (1836-1916), British colonial representative in the Gulf of Guinea, who collected plants in that area.
Habitat: In moist grassy areas, often on disturbed soil and as a weed in lawns.
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Worldwide distribution: From Equatorial Guinea to Sudan and South to Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 63. (Includes a picture).

Cannon, J.F.M. (1978). Apiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 560 - 561. (Includes a picture).

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 24.

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 18.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Hydrocotyle mannii
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Hydrocotyle mannii
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Wikipedia: Hydrocotyle mannii

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: Hydrocotyle mannii.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=142940, retrieved 21 April 2024

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