Aneilema aequinoctiale (P. Beauv.) Loudon

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Aneilema aequinoctiale

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SDH Cha Sarl Tea Estate, Gurue, Zambezia

Aneilema aequinoctiale

Photo: Bart Wursten
Remnant forest on slope above Cavalo, Sanjunjira, Mt Gorongosa

Aneilema aequinoctiale

Photo: Bart Wursten
Remnant forest on slope above Cavalo, Sanjunjira, Mt Gorongosa

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Synonyms: Aneilema adhaerens Kunth
Common names: Clinging aneilema (English)
Status: Native
Perennial erect or somewhat scrambling herb. The leaves and leaf-sheaths covered in hooked "sticky" hairs, which easily attach themselves to fur and clothing. Flowers in terminal inflorescences, short-lived, closing by the afternoon.
Notes: The leaves are cooked as a spinach.
This species can be distinguished from Aneilema johnstonii by the larger flowers, fewer-flowered inflorescences, the hooked hairs on the leaves and leaf-sheaths and the less erect, scrambling habit.
Derivation of specific name: aequinoctiale: of the equinox (possibly referring to the flowering time)
Habitat: Along the margins of forest and moist areas in woodland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Sep - Jun
Worldwide distribution:
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Content last updated: Thursday 19 July 2012

Faden, R. (2012). Commelinaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 70 - 72.

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 86.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 70.

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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Aneilema aequinoctiale
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Tropicos: Aneilema aequinoctiale

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Aneilema aequinoctiale., retrieved 16 July 2018

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