Hygrophila spiciformis Lindau

Selected images: Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record View all images (9)

Hygrophila spiciformis

Photo: James Varden
Chavava River, Mana Pools NP

Hygrophila spiciformis

Photo: James Varden
Chavava River, Mana Pools NP

Hygrophila spiciformis

Photo: James Varden
Chavava River, Mana Pools NP

Detailed records: Display species records QDS maps by: Google Maps Point records by Google Maps

Species details: Click on each item to see an explanation of that item (Note: opens a new window)

Synonyms:
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Erect, procumbent or somewhat scrambling, sticky glandular perennial herb, aromatic when crushed. Stems up to 1 m long, with stalked glands and flattened glossy hairs. Leaves opposite, more or less narrowly elliptic, up to 15 cm long, with scattered hairs above, more or less densely hairy below, particularly along the veins. Flowers in 1-6-flowered clusters, together forming a spike-like inflorescence up to 25 cm long; axes more or less densely hairy, many stalked glands and leaf-like bracts upto 2.5 cm long. Corolla mauve, blue or purple with conspicuous white markings and darker veins, 2-3.5 cm long, 2-lipped; lower lip elliptic with long clavate hairs. Capsule 10-12 mm long, finely velvety and with stalked glands near the apex.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: spiciformis: resembling a spike
Habitat: Occurring in wet grassland, riverbeds and riverbanks, swamps and roadside ditches.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Rwanda, Ethiopia Kenya, Uganda Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Mozambique distribution: T,GI
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
Spot characters: Display spot characters for this species
Content last updated: Saturday 10 October 2015
Literature:

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 14.

Vollesen, K. (2013). Acanthaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 8(5) Pages 114 - 115.

Other sources of information about Hygrophila spiciformis:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Hygrophila spiciformis
Flora of Zambia: Hygrophila spiciformis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Hygrophila spiciformis

External websites:

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


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Hygrophila spiciformis.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=153160, retrieved 13 December 2017

Site software last modified: 26 December 2016 8:46pm
Terms of use