Gisekia pharnaceoides L.
var. pharnaceoides

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Gisekia pharnaceoides var. pharnaceoides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haka Game Park, Harare

Gisekia pharnaceoides var. pharnaceoides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haka Game Park, Harare

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Common names:
Status: Native
Prostrate or procumbent, glabrous annual, usually somewhat fleshy herb. Stems up to 60 cm, sometimes tinged pink. Leaves variable, ranging from linear to oblanceolate-obovate. Inflorescences in small umbels. Flowers creamy-white to pinkish; stamens 5.
Notes: See G. africana for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: pharnaceoides: resembling the genus Pharnaceum in the Molluginaceae.
Habitat: A weed of cultivation, in open woodland and on river banks, often associated with sandy soils.
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Tropical and South Africa, Mascarenes to India and Sri Lanka.
Botswana distribution: N,SW,SE
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Endemic status:
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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 18. As Gisekia pharnacioides pharnacioides

Gonçalves, M.L. (1978). Molluginaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 523 - 525. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 278. (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.

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.

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Flora of Caprivi: Gisekia pharnaceoides var. pharnaceoides
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Flora of Zambia: Gisekia pharnaceoides var. pharnaceoides
Flora of Zimbabwe: Gisekia pharnaceoides var. pharnaceoides

External websites:

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

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 pharnaceoides var. pharnaceoides., retrieved 13 July 2024

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