Zornia milneana Mohlenbr.

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Zornia milneana

Photo: Tony Benn
Near dry streambed between Extension 19 and Extension 16, Gaborone.

Zornia milneana

Photo: Tony Benn
Near dry streambed between Extension 19 and Extension 16, Gaborone.

Zornia milneana

Photo: Tony Benn
Near dry streambed between Extension 19 and Extension 16, Gaborone.

Zornia milneana

Photo: Tony Benn
Near dry streambed between Extension 19 and Extension 16, Gaborone.

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Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial herb with decumbent or prostrate stems, up to 75 cm. Leaves 4-foliolate, leaflets linear or narrowly elliptic, pubescent and gland-dotted beneath. Inflorescence terminal, flowers yellow with red veining on the standard, each flower clasped between large green leaf-like bracts with hairy margins. Pods in 4-7 constricted segments, covered in spiny bristles.
Derivation of specific name: milneana: named after the British botanist, Mr Edgar Milne-Redhead.
Habitat: In sandy soils in various types of woodland and grassland, sometimes in old cultivation.
Flowering time:Nov - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia Zimbabwe and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-natal, South Africa.
Botswana distribution: N,SW,SE
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Endemic status:
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Insects associated with this species: Zizeeria knysna (Food plant)
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Content last updated: Sunday 29 January 2017

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Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 77. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 75.

Van Wyk, B. & Malan, S. (1988). Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria Region Struik, Cape Town Pages 144 - 145. (Includes a picture).

Verdcourt, B. (2000). Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(6) Pages 164 - 165.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Zornia milneana
African Plant Database: Zornia milneana
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Zornia milneana
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Zornia milneana
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Zornia milneana
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Zornia milneana
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Zornia milneana
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Zornia milneana
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Wikipedia: Zornia milneana

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Zornia milneana.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=130750, retrieved 26 May 2022

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