Trichodesma zeylanicum (Burm. f.) R. Br.

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Trichodesma zeylanicum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Pungwe River scout camp, Gorongosa National Park

Trichodesma zeylanicum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Pungwe River scout camp, Gorongosa National Park

Trichodesma zeylanicum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Pungwe River scout camp, Gorongosa National Park

Trichodesma zeylanicum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Pungwe River scout camp, Gorongosa National Park

Trichodesma zeylanicum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhascuvo Ranger Camp, Gorongosa National Park

Trichodesma zeylanicum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhascuvo Ranger Camp, Gorongosa National Park

Trichodesma zeylanicum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nhascuvo Ranger Camp, Gorongosa National Park

Trichodesma zeylanicum

Photo: Sune Holt
Machengue, Vilanculos Distr., Inhambane, Mozambique

Trichodesma zeylanicum

Photo: Sune Holt
Machengue, Vilanculos Distr., Inhambane, Mozambique

Trichodesma zeylanicum

Photo: Sune Holt
Machengue, Vilanculos Distr., Inhambane, Mozambique

Trichodesma zeylanicum

Photo: Sune Holt
Machengue, Vilanculos Distr., Inhambane, Mozambique

Trichodesma zeylanicum

Photo: Sune Holt
Machengue, Vilanculos Distr., Inhambane, Mozambique

Trichodesma zeylanicum

Photo: Sune Holt
Machengue, Vilanculos Distr., Inhambane, Mozambique

Trichodesma zeylanicum

Photo: Sune Holt
Machengue, Vilanculos Distr., Inhambane, Mozambique

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Synonyms: Borago zeylanica Burm. f.
Common names: Late weed (English)
Frequency: Common at mid and lower altitudes
Status: Native
Description:
Densely bristly-hairy annual herb to 1 m. Leaves narrowly elliptic. Flowers becoming nodding, in terminal 1-sided bracteate inflorescences. Sepals bristly hairy, enlarging in fruit. Corolla 7-9 mm (shorter than our other Trichodesma spp.), scarcely exserted from the sepals; lobes pale blue to lilac or pinkish. Nutlets 4, smooth and shiny, usually mottled with grey and brown on the outer surface.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: zeylanicum: from Sri Lanka (Ceylon)
Habitat: A weedy species of roadsides, disturbed ground and old lands
Altitude range: Up to 1520 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Tropics and subtropics of Old World; in Africa in east and southern Africa only
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS,GI,M
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: Utetheisa pulchella (Food plant)
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Content last updated: Saturday 4 October 2014
Literature:

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 120 - 121. (Includes a picture).

Brummitt, R.K. (1990). Trichodesma Flora Zambesiaca 7(4) Pages 95 - 96.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 38.

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 30.

Martins, E.S. (1990). Boraginaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(4) Pages 95 - 96.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 36.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 45. (Includes a picture).

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

Wild, H. (undated, c. 1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds ?Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 82. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Trichodesma zeylanicum
Flora of Malawi: Trichodesma zeylanicum
Flora of Zambia: Trichodesma zeylanicum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Trichodesma zeylanicum

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Trichodesma zeylanicum
African Plant Database: Trichodesma zeylanicum
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Trichodesma zeylanicum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Trichodesma zeylanicum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Trichodesma zeylanicum
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Trichodesma zeylanicum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Trichodesma zeylanicum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Trichodesma zeylanicum
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Trichodesma zeylanicum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Trichodesma zeylanicum
JSTOR Plant Science: Trichodesma zeylanicum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Trichodesma zeylanicum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Trichodesma zeylanicum
The Plant List (version 1.1): Trichodesma zeylanicum
Tropicos: Trichodesma zeylanicum


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Trichodesma zeylanicum.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=148460, retrieved 23 July 2019

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