Mollugo cerviana (L.) Ser.
var. cerviana

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Mollugo cerviana var. cerviana

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Maleme Dam camp

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Synonyms: Mollugo tenuissima A. Peter
Pharnaceum cerviana L.
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Small annual herb, often multi-stemmed from the base, up to c. 20 cm tall. Stems rigid, pale brownish, erect or ascending. Leaves in whorls of c. 6, up to c. 2 cm long, both basal and along the stems, sessile, linear, often bluish-green, hairless. Flowers axillary on pedicels 5-18 mm long, 3-5 mm in diameter, greenish-white. See var. spathulifolia for comparison.
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Old World tropics and subtropics; introduced in America.
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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 26.

Gonçalves, M.L. (1978). Molluginaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Page 542.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 408. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 360. (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. under Aizoaceae

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 88.

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 195.

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Flora of Botswana: Mollugo cerviana var. cerviana
Flora of Mozambique: Mollugo cerviana var. cerviana
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Mollugo cerviana var. cerviana

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Mollugo cerviana
African Plant Database: Mollugo cerviana
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Mollugo cerviana
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Mollugo cerviana
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Mollugo cerviana
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Mollugo cerviana
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Mollugo cerviana
JSTOR Plant Science: Mollugo cerviana
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Mollugo cerviana
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Mollugo cerviana
Plants of the World Online: Mollugo cerviana
Tropicos: Mollugo cerviana
Wikipedia: Mollugo cerviana

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 Caprivi: Species information: Mollugo cerviana var. cerviana., retrieved 30 November 2022

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