Corbichonia decumbens (Forssk.) Exell

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Corbichonia decumbens

Photo: Tony Benn
Serowe, Central District.

Corbichonia decumbens

Photo: Tony Benn
Serowe, Central District.

Corbichonia decumbens

Photo: Tony Benn
Serowe, Central District.

Corbichonia decumbens

Photo: Tony Benn
Serowe, Central District.

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Synonyms: Axonotechium trianthemoides (Heyne) Fenzl
Glinus mucronatus (Klotzsch) Klotzsch
Glinus trianthemoides Heyne
Orygia decumbens Forssk.
Orygia mucronata Klotzsch
Portulaca decumbens Vahl
Telephium laxiflorum DC.
Common names:
Status: Native
Procumbent or prostrate annual or short-lived perennial herb. Young plants often erect (image 2). Stems up to 50 cm, somewhat succulent. Leaves fleshy, alternate, obovate-spathulate or oblanceolate, glaucous; petiole winged. Flowers in terminal or pseudo-lateral inflorescences, pink, mauve or magenta. The staminodes are longer than the actual perianth, appearing as a large number of petals. Fruit shiny, yellow-green.
Derivation of specific name: decumbens: decumbent; with stems lying on the ground and tending to rise at the end
Habitat: Woodland, cultivated and disturbed ground and on stony and alluvial soils
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical and southern Africa and tropical Asia; introduced to tropical America
Botswana distribution: SW,SE
Growth form(s): Annual, perennial.
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Thursday 11 August 2016

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 16.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 10.

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Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 279. (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 87.

Wild, H. (1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 15. (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: Corbichonia decumbens., retrieved 25 May 2024

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