Psammotropha myriantha Sond.

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Psammotropha myriantha

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Mt Engwa, Himalaya Range

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Synonyms: Psammatropha myriantha Sond.
Common names:
Status: Native
A low tufted herb, with densely-crowded linear basal leaves hiding the stem, sometimes offsetting by means of runners rooting at the nodes. Stems thick, short, erect, persistent, mostly subterranean, branched or unbranched, 1–8 cm long. Basal leaves sessile, with broad membranous bases, linear, 4–90 mm long, strongly 1-veined, hairless, margin entire, often recurved. Flowering stems annual, similar in appearance to the runners, ascending, hairless, solitary or several, 0.5–2.5 mm diameter at the base, with internodes up to 1.5 cm long, leafy, simple or much branched in a divaricate cymose manner, bearing whorls of leaves and flowers at the nodes. Stem-leaves stipulate, sessile, linear or lanceolate, 2–3.5 mm. long, bluish-green. Stipules persistent, linear. Flowers creamy or greenish, pedicellate, in sessile umbelliform cymes clustered at the nodes. Pedicels 2–5 mm long. Sepals 5, broadly ovate, green, with wide membranous margins, 2–2.5 mm long in flower. Fruit a 5-(rarely 3-) lobed capsule, depressed above, splitting into as many triangular valves.
Derivation of specific name: myriantha: many-flowered.
Habitat: In crevices on rock-outcrops.
Altitude range: 2100 - 2400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and widespread in South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s): Perennial.
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 45. As Psammotropha myriantha

Gonçalves, M.L. (1978). Molluginaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 535 - 537. (Includes a picture).

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 15. under Aizoaceae

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 95.

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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: Psammotropha myriantha., retrieved 21 July 2024

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