Phylohydrax carnosa (Hochst.) Puff

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Synonyms: Diodia carnosa Hochst.
Hydrophylax carnosa (Hochst.) Sond.
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Status: Native
Branched decumbent herb with hairless, fleshy branches, flattened and grooved along one side, lower stems often reddish. Leaves oblong-elliptic, 0.7-2.3 cm long, fleshy, sessile but narrowing at the base and tucked into sheath-like stipules up to 8mm long. Flowers solitary, axillary, white or pinkish. Fruit up to 6 × 4 mm.
Derivation of specific name: carnosa: fleshy.
Habitat: Coastal sand dunes
Altitude range: Up to 25 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Mozambique and KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Mozambique distribution: MS,GI,M
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Content last updated: Wednesday 10 September 2014

Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Page 195. (Includes a picture).

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 103.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 204 - 205. (Includes a picture).

Verdcourt, B. (1988). Rubiaceae, Part 1 Flora Zambesiaca 5(1) Pages 161 - 162. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Phylohydrax carnosa
African Plant Database: Phylohydrax carnosa
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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: Phylohydrax carnosa., retrieved 1 December 2023

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