Tetragonia tetragonioides (Pall.) Kuntze

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Tetragonia tetragonioides

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48, Borrowdale Road, Harare

Tetragonia tetragonioides

Photo: Mark Hyde
48, Borrowdale Road, Harare

Tetragonia tetragonioides

Photo: Mark Hyde
48, Borrowdale Road, Harare

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Synonyms: Demidovia tetragonoides Pall.
Tetragonia expansa Murray
Tetragonia tetragonoides (Pall.) Kuntze
Common names: New Zealand spinach (English)
Status: Introduced and possibly naturalised
Prostrate or prostrate-ascending, ± succulent, annual herb with stout trailing stems. Leaves petiolate; lamina rhombic or deltate; base cuneate and decurrent into the petiole. Flowers axillary, subsessile, greenish or yellowish, solitary or paired. Perianth-segments 4 unequal. Stamens twice as many (or fewer) as the perianth-segments. Ovary semi-inferior, with 5-8 carpels and 5-8 styles. Fruit up to 10 × 7 mm, (3-)4(-5)-horned.
Notes: M.L. Goncalves in FZ 4: 555 gives records from salt marsh sandy flats in two Mozambique divisions (GI and M). Although not clearly stated, it is implied that the species is naturalised in these localities. We have also taken the species to be cultivated in Mozambique although we have no specific records.
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Habitat: In salt marsh sandy flats
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Worldwide distribution: Native to New Zealand; widely cultivated elsewhere as a vegetable
Mozambique distribution: GI,M
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Content last updated: Tuesday 30 April 2013

Gonçalves, M.L. (1978). Tetragoniaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Page 555. As Tetragonia tetragonoides

Maroyi, A. (2006). Preliminary checklist of introduced and naturalized plants in Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(2) Page 195.

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Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Tetragonia tetragonioides
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Tetragonia tetragonioides

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Tetragonia tetragonioides
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Tetragonia tetragonioides
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Tetragonia tetragonioides
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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: Tetragonia tetragonioides.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=192540, retrieved 24 March 2023

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