Cienfuegosia digitata Cav.

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Synonyms: Fugosia digitata (Cav.) Pers.
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Status: Native
Perennial herb or small shrub, up to c. 1 m tall but sometimes as short as 9 cm, growing from a woody rootstock. Leaves suborbicular in outline, up to 5 × 5 cm, palmately 3–5-lobed down to the base; lobes narrowly elliptic to obovate, sometimes 3–5-lobed again, hairless or nearly so; petiole 8–25 mm long; stipules filiform or very narrowly linear, 2·5 mm long. Flowers solitary, axillary, 3·5–4 cm in diameter, yellow with a purple centre; peduncle 2–6 cm long. Epicalyx of up to 12 filiform to very narrowly linear bracts 2–3 mm long. Calyx 10–15 mm long with lobes elongate-triangular, black-spotted. Capsule subglobose, 9 mm wide, hairless. Seeds with silky floss.
Derivation of specific name: digitata: divided into lobes or leaflets like the fingers on a hand
Habitat: In dry open woodland and grassland and thorn-scrub.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and northern South Africa. Also in drier parts of western tropical Africa.
Botswana distribution: N,SE
Growth form(s): Perennial, shrub under 2 m.
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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 8.

Exell, A.W. (1961). Malvaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 426 - 428.

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 60.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 74.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 83.

Other sources of information about Cienfuegosia digitata:

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Flora of Zambia: Cienfuegosia digitata
Flora of Zimbabwe: Cienfuegosia digitata

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Cienfuegosia digitata
African Plant Database: Cienfuegosia digitata
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Cienfuegosia digitata
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Cienfuegosia digitata
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Cienfuegosia digitata
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iNaturalist: Cienfuegosia digitata
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cienfuegosia digitata
JSTOR Plant Science: Cienfuegosia digitata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cienfuegosia digitata
Plants of the World Online: Cienfuegosia digitata
Tropicos: Cienfuegosia digitata
Wikipedia: Cienfuegosia digitata

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: Cienfuegosia digitata., retrieved 28 May 2024

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