Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum (L.) Hayek

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Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum

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Greystone Park Nature Reserve, Harare

Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park Nature Reserve, Harare

Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum

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Mukuvisi River

Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum

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Mukuvisi Woodland

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Synonyms: Nasturtium officinale R. Br.
Common names: Watercress (English)
Status: Introduced
Perennial aquatic herb often rooting at the nodes with procumbent or ascending stems to 1 m. Lower leaves pinnate with 1-3 leaflets; upper sessile with 5-9 or more leaflets; leaflets all entire to sinuate. Flowers white in terminal racemes. Siliqua 10-18 mm.
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Habitat: A cosmopolitan weed in and around streams, pools and dams.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Aug - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Europe, North Africa and Asia; introduced elsewhere
Mozambique distribution: MS
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Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Friday 3 October 2008

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 40. As Nasturtium officinale

Exell, A.W. (1960). Brassicaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(1) Page 185.

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 31.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 41. as Nasturtium officinale

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Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum

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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: Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum., retrieved 3 March 2024

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