Oldenlandia capensis L.f.
var. capensis

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Oldenlandia capensis var. capensis

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Mshelele Dam, Matobo National Park

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Synonyms: Hedyotis geminiflora Sond.
Oldenlandia geminiflora (Sond.) Kuntze
Common names:
Status: Native
Prostrate or ascending annual herb with branches up to 22 cm long, sometimes forming mats. Leaves linear to narrowly elliptic, 7-34 mm long, roughly papillose above and sometimes on the main vein beneath; margin entire, often rolled under; petiole absent or 1-2 mm long. Stipule sheathing, 1.2-2 mm long with 3-7 fimbriae up to 1.5 mm long. Flowers solitary or in few-flowered clusters at the axils and nodes; peduncles up to 2 mm long; pedicels 1-3 mm long. Corolla white, lilac, dull reddish or pink; tube cylindic, 0.6-0.9 mm long; lobes 4, 0.5-0.6 mm long. Capsule obconic, c. 2 mm long, white and beaked, hairless or shortly pubescent.
Notes: See var. pleiosepala for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: capensis: of the Cape
Habitat: In alluvial soils in cracks of rocks on river banks, in grassland or along roadsides.
Altitude range: Up to 910 m
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Worldwide distribution: More or less throughout Africa from the Mediterranean to the Cape. Also in Madagascar and the former Yugoslavia.
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,T,MS,GI,M
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Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 418. (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 72. Also as Oldenlandia geminiflora

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 90.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 98.

Verdcourt, B. (1988). Rubiaceae, Part 1 Flora Zambesiaca 5(1) Pages 138 - 140. Also as Oldenlandia geminiflora (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Oldenlandia capensis var. capensis
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Oldenlandia capensis
African Plant Database: Oldenlandia capensis
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Oldenlandia capensis
JSTOR Plant Science: Oldenlandia capensis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Oldenlandia capensis
Plants of the World Online: Oldenlandia capensis
Tropicos: Oldenlandia capensis
Wikipedia: Oldenlandia capensis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Oldenlandia capensis var. capensis.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=154880, retrieved 5 December 2023

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