Striga asiatica (L.) Kuntze

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Striga asiatica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rimiti West, by rd from Mutare to Birchenough Br.

Striga asiatica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rimiti West, by rd from Mutare to Birchenough Br.

Striga asiatica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Behind Valley of Kings, Mutare

Striga asiatica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Behind Valley of Kings, Mutare

Striga asiatica

Photo: Bart Wursten
Road from Main Road to Vundu Camp

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Synonyms: Buchnera asiatica L.
Striga lutea Lour.
Common names: Witchweed (English)
Status: Native
Delicate, annual, parasitic herb, up to 20 cm. Stems quadrangular, densely hairy, sparsely branched. Flowers scarlet red, yellowish on the outside, rarely all yellow, opposite or alternate, usually only 2 per branch open at the same time.
Derivation of specific name: asiatica: of Asia
Habitat: A root parasite of wild grasses and crops.
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Worldwide distribution: Tropical and South Africa, Madagascar, Arabia, across India to SE Asia and China; introduced to North America
Malawi distribution:
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Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Page 182. (Includes a picture).

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 128 - 129. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 270. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 34.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 194. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 242. (Includes a picture).

Philcox, D. (1990). Scrophulariaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(2) Page 134.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 105.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 226.

Wild, H. (undated, c. 1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds ?Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 97. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 96.

Other sources of information about Striga asiatica:

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Flora of Botswana: Striga asiatica
Flora of Caprivi: Striga asiatica
Flora of Mozambique: Striga asiatica
Flora of Zambia: Striga asiatica
Flora of Zimbabwe: Striga asiatica

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Striga asiatica
African Plant Database: Striga asiatica
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Striga asiatica
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Striga asiatica
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Striga asiatica
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Striga asiatica
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Striga asiatica
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Striga asiatica
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Striga asiatica
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Striga asiatica
Ispot Southern Africa: Striga asiatica
JSTOR Plant Science: Striga asiatica
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Striga asiatica
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Striga asiatica
The Plant List (version 1.1): Striga asiatica
Tropicos: Striga asiatica

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Striga asiatica., retrieved 24 June 2019

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