Persicaria limbata (Meisn.) H. Hara

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Persicaria limbata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Persicaria limbata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

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Synonyms: Polygonum limbatum Meisn.
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Status: Native
Erect or procumbent perennial herb, often mat-forming. Stems hollow, striate along the length, usually hairy. Distinct bract-like ocrea at the nodes, spreading or recurved at the apex; margins ciliate. Leaves linear-lanceolate, pubescent or silky hairy on both surfaces, ciliate at the base, clasping the stems. Flowers in terminal or lateral, spike-like racemes, pinkish white; peduncles hairy. Fruit a small, smooth and shiny nut, reddish-brown to black.
Derivation of specific name: limbata: bordered, with a margin or fringe (a reference to the ocrea)
Habitat: In wet habitats, at the edges of streams and dams and in moist grassland
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa, South Africa, Egypt and India.
Botswana distribution: N,SW,SE
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Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 187. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 292. (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 68.

Nogueira, I., Ortiz, S. & Paiva, J.A.R. (2006). Polygonaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) Pages 15 - 17. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 93.

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Flora of Caprivi: Persicaria limbata
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Persicaria limbata
Flora of Malawi: Persicaria limbata
Flora of Mozambique: Persicaria limbata
Flora of Zambia: Persicaria limbata
Flora of Zimbabwe: Persicaria limbata

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Persicaria limbata
African Plant Database: Persicaria limbata
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Persicaria limbata
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Persicaria limbata
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Persicaria limbata
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iNaturalist: Persicaria limbata
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Persicaria limbata
JSTOR Plant Science: Persicaria limbata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Persicaria limbata
Plants of the World Online: Persicaria limbata
Tropicos: Persicaria limbata
Wikipedia: Persicaria limbata

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Persicaria limbata., retrieved 29 May 2024

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