Pedalium murex Royen ex L.

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Pedalium murex

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

Pedalium murex

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

Pedalium murex

Photo: Sune Holt
Vilankulo, Inhambane, Mozambique

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Status: Native
Description:
Erect or ascending, sparsely glandular, annual herb, up to 75 cm high.Leaves subsucculent, oblong, elliptic to obovate, 1.5-5 cm long; margin coarsely dentate particularly in the upper half, rarely entire; petiole 5-35 mm long. Flowers solitary in the leaf axis, yellow; tube 2-2.5 cm long; limb 1.5-2 cm in diameter; lobes subcircular. Fruit 1-2 cm long, excludung the spines.
Notes: The leaves are eaten as a vegetable.
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Habitat: Coastal areas on saline soils, sometimes as a weed.
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical East Africa and West Africa, Socotra, Madagascar, Comores, India, Sri Lanka and Java.
Mozambique distribution: N,GI
Growth form(s): Annual.
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Content last updated: Wednesday 28 May 2014
Literature:

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 94.

Ihlenfeldt, H.-D. (1988). Pedaliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(3) Pages 109 - 110. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Pedalium murex
African Plant Database: Pedalium murex
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Pedalium murex
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Pedalium murex
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Pedalium murex
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Pedalium murex
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JSTOR Plant Science: Pedalium murex
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Pedalium murex
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pedalium murex
Plants of the World Online: Pedalium murex
The Plant List (version 1.1): Pedalium murex
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Wikipedia: Pedalium murex


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Pedalium murex.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=171700, retrieved 11 August 2020

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