Myrothamnus flabellifolius Welw.

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Myrothamnus flabellifolius

Photo: Murphy Tladi
The Botswana International University of Science & Technology (BIUST), Palapye

Myrothamnus flabellifolius

Photo: Murphy Tladi
The Botswana International University of Science & Technology (BIUST), Palapye

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Common names: Resurrection bush (English)
Status: Native
Prostrate, ascending or erect subshrub, growing up to 1 m, occasionally taller. The plants completely dry up in winter and seem to be dead but spring back to life within hours after the first shower of rain. Flowers much reduced in small catkin-like inflorescences, sexes separate.
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Habitat: A constituent of shallow soil over rock, crevices and rocky hillsides in full sun.
Flowering time:Oct - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and South Africa.
Botswana distribution: SE
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Content last updated: Friday 16 October 2020

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Myrothamnus flabellifolius., retrieved 3 June 2023

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