Vahlia digyna (Retz.) Kuntze

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Vahlia digyna

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Synonyms: Oldenlandia digyna Retz.
Vahlia menyharthii Schinz
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Status: Native
Erect annual to 35 cm tall. Stems with patent or crisped, often glandular, hairs. Leaves 0.5-2.5 × 0.2-0.6 cm, ovate to lanceolate; apex acute; base tapering or rounded. Peduncles and pedicels absent or not exceeding 1 mm long. Petals yellow, fading white, shorter than the sepals. Gynoecium with style-bases dividing 0.15-0.3 mm above the disk.
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Habitat: Usually along river banks and dambos, sometimes in drier situations.
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Worldwide distribution: Tropical Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and Pakistan and India.
Botswana distribution: SE
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Bridson, D.M. (1978). Vahliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 50 - 53. (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 82.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 110.

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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: Vahlia digyna., retrieved 22 June 2024

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