Pterodiscus aurantiacus Welw.

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Pterodiscus aurantiacus

Photo: Bart Wursten

Pterodiscus aurantiacus

Photo: Bart Wursten

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Synonyms: Pterodiscus brasiliensis sensu Schinz
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Frequency: Local and probably rare.
Status: Native
Perennial herb up to 30 cm high, growing from a swollen tuber. Leaves lanceolate, up to 8 cm long, usually with 4 pairs of lateral veins; margin subentire to slightly toothed, wavy. Flowers brilliant orange-red with a dark red throat; corolla tube cylindric,16-20 mm long; lower lobe enlarged, nearly circular. Fruit up to 35 mm long, 4-winded and with a narrow, almost needle-like beak, suffused with purple when ripe.
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Habitat: In clayey soil under shrubs.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Namibia and only just entering western Botswana.
Botswana distribution: SW
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Content last updated: Saturday 16 July 2016

Ihlenfeldt, H.-D. (1988). Pedaliaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(3) Pages 92 - 94.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 92.

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

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: Pterodiscus aurantiacus., retrieved 17 June 2024

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