Pavonia senegalensis (Cav.) Leistner

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Pavonia senegalensis

Photo: Orty Bourquin
Modisa Wildlife Project,Grassland Game Farm, Ghanzi district.

Pavonia senegalensis

Photo: Orty Bourquin
Modisa Wildlife Project,Grassland Game Farm, Ghanzi district.

Pavonia senegalensis

Photo: Orty Bourquin
Modisa Wildlife Project,Grassland Game Farm, Ghanzi district.

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Synonyms: Hibiscus baumii G├╝rke
Pavonia hirsuta Guill. & Perr.
Pavonia zawadae Ulbr.
Common names:
Status: Native
A spreading, short-lived perennial with semi-prostrate to ascending branches, up to 1.25 m. Stems somewhat angular with harsh stellate hairs. Leaves suborbicular in outline, angular to shallowly lobed; lower surface densely stellate-hairy. Stipules up to 10 mm, filiform. Flowers solitary in the leaf axils, up to 8 cm in diameter sulphur-yellow with a maroon centre. Epicalyx bracts 12-16, narrowly linear, usually shorter than the calyx lobes (see note).
Derivation of specific name: senegalensis: of Senegal
Habitat: In Grewia-Terminalia dominated woodland, seaonally dry riverbeds and along rivers, usually on loamy or sandy soils.
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: In the drier parts of Africa from Senegal to Sudan, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Botswana distribution: N,SE
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Content last updated: Monday 21 March 2016

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 28.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 84.

Exell, A.W. (1961). Malvaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 508 - 510. as Pavonia hirsuta

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 292. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 206. (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 61.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 75.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 85.

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 218.

Van Wyk, B. & Malan, S. (1988). Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria Region Struik, Cape Town Pages 158 - 159. (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: Pavonia senegalensis., retrieved 26 May 2024

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