Thunbergia reticulata A. Rich.

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Thunbergia reticulata

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Ngamiland Concession 22 - Vumbura, Okavango Delta

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Synonyms: Thunbergia alata Sims var. reticulata (Nees) Burkill
Thunbergia aurea N.E. Br.
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Status: Native
Creeping or twining herb, often appearing more or less erect when small. Stems up to 40 cm long in erect plants or up to 1.5 m long in creeping or twining plants. Leaves opposite, triangular-ovate, cordate, often with hastate lobes at the base, more or less sparsely hairy, mostly on the veins beneath; margin entire or coarsely toothed; petiole 1-5.5 cm long, narrowly to broadly winged. Flowers axillary, solitary or rarely paired; bracteoles green with conspicuous, often brownish to purple veins, ovate, 1.7-2.5 cm long, cordate and distinctly 4-angular at the base. Corolla white, cream to orange without a purple throat. Capsule depressed globose with a beak 10-15 mm long, densely finely velvety.
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Habitat: In woodland, bushland and grassland, often on sand.
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Worldwide distribution: Sudan, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa.
Botswana distribution: N,SW
Growth form(s): Climber.
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Content last updated: Thursday 22 October 2015

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 178.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 199. (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 15.

Roodt, V. (2011). Wild flowers, Waterplants and Grasses of the Okavango Delta and Kalahari "Did You Know" nature series Struik Nature for Veronica Roodt Publications Page 43. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 19. also as Thunbergia aurea

Vollesen, K. (2013). Acanthaceae (Part 1) Flora Zambesiaca 8(5) Page 31. (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: Thunbergia reticulata., retrieved 30 May 2024

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