Gisekia africana (Lour.) Kuntze

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Gisekia africana

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Hainaveld, Ngamiland East

Gisekia africana

Photo: Riana Fourie
Hainaveld, Ngamiland East

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Synonyms: Gisekia africana (Lour.) Kuntze var. decagyna Hauman
Gisekia africana (Lour.) Kuntze var. pedunculata (Oliv.) Brenan
Gisekia africana (Lour.) Kuntze var. cymosa Adamson
Gisekia aspera Klotzsch
Gisekia miltus Fenzl
Gisekia miltus Fenzl var. pedunculata Oliv.
Gisekia pentadecandra E. Mey. ex Moq,
Glinus mozambicensis Spreng.
Miltus africana Lour.
Common names:
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Annual or perennial prostrate or procument herb. Stems up to 50 cm, fleshy, often tinged with red. Leaves variable, always long and narrow. Flowers in umbel-like groups, often many flowered, pale to deep pink; stamens 10-15.
Notes: This species is very similar to G. pharnaceoides. It can be distinguished by the much larger number of stamens and the often unisexual flowers.
Derivation of specific name: africana: African
Habitat: In woodland, scrubland, riverine fringes and along roadsides, often in sandy soils.
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread from tropical and southern Africa to Asia
Botswana distribution: N,SW,SE
Growth form(s):
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Content last updated: Friday 6 March 2020

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 28. As Gisekia africana africana

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 18. As Gisekia africana africana

Gonçalves, M.L. (1978). Molluginaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Page 523.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 148. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 277. (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 15. under Aizoaceae

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 76. also as Gisekia africana var. cymosa and var. pedunculata

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 23.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 195.

Wild, H. (1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 14. as Gisekia africana var. pedunculata (Includes a picture).

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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: Gisekia africana., retrieved 22 June 2024

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