Hermannia modesta (Ehrenb.) Mast.

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Hermannia modesta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Hermannia modesta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Hermannia modesta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Hermannia modesta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

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Synonyms: Hermannia filipes Harv.
Trichanthera modesta Ehrenb.
Common names:
Status: Native
Slender, erect annual herb, up to 60 cm. Stems and branches with short glandular and longer simple hairs. Leaves linear, up to 4 cm long, thinly-stellate-hairy, sometimes also with glandular hairs; margins entire. Flowers drooping, small, solitary, axillary, pink, red or purple; peduncle up to 3.5 cm long, pubescent. Fruit oblong-ovoid, c. 8 × 6 mm, thinly stellate-pubescent, with small spreading apical horns, up to 1 mm long.
Derivation of specific name: modesta: modest, probably referring to the delicate appearance and few, small flowers.
Habitat: In very dry deciduous woodland and scrub.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola. Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, South Africa. Also Eritrea, Somalia, Sudan, Egypt and the Arabian Peninsula.
Mozambique distribution:
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Content last updated: Sunday 30 March 2008

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 31.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 196. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 243. (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 80.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 107.

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 226.

Wild, H. (1960-1). Sterculiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Page 548. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Hermannia modesta
Flora of Caprivi: Hermannia modesta
Flora of Zimbabwe: Hermannia modesta

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Hermannia modesta
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Hermannia modesta
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Hermannia modesta
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Hermannia modesta
JSTOR Plant Science: Hermannia modesta
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Hermannia modesta
Plants of the World Online: Hermannia modesta
Tropicos: Hermannia modesta
Wikipedia: Hermannia modesta

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: Hermannia modesta.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=139950, retrieved 12 July 2024

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