Potamogeton schweinfurthii A.W. Benn.

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Potamogeton schweinfurthii

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Zambezi (FEOW: Middle Zambezi - Luangwa)

Potamogeton schweinfurthii

Photo: Mike Kennedy
Zambezi (FEOW: Middle Zambezi - Luangwa)

Potamogeton schweinfurthii

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Zambezi (FEOW: Middle Zambezi - Luangwa)

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Common names:
Status: Native
Submerged herb to 2 m from a rhizome. Stipules 2-4 cm, persistent, open, convolute, the lower amplexicaul, the upper spreading, lanceolate. Leaves 10-20 × 1-2 cm, linear-lanceolate, sessile, submerged (occasionally the upper floating), thinly-textured (the floating ones coriaceous); apex apiculate; margin finely undulate, entire. Spikes on swollen scapes, more than 20-flowered. Drupe 3-4 mm, ovoid, smooth; beak short.
Derivation of specific name: schweinfurthii: named after Dr Georg August Schweinfurth (1836-1925), German botanical collector and taxonomist.
Habitat: In Lakes, pools, ponds, backwaters, rivers and streams, 0.2-2 m deep.
Altitude range: Up to 1500 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, South Africa and Madagascar. Also in North Africa, Azores, Mediterranean islands and southwestern Asia.
Mozambique distribution: MS,GI,M
Growth form(s): Aquatic.
Endemic status:
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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 29.

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 112.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 502 - 503. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 148.

Symoens, J.J. (2009). Potamogetonaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(2) Pages 87 - 89.

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 193.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Potamogeton schweinfurthii.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=103090, retrieved 18 May 2024

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