Pollichia campestris Aiton

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Pollichia campestris

Photo: Bart Wursten
Katima Mulilo area

Pollichia campestris

Photo: Bart Wursten
Katima Mulilo area

Pollichia campestris

Photo: Bart Wursten
Katima Mulilo area

Pollichia campestris

Photo: Bart Wursten
Katima Mulilo area

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Common names:
Status: Native
Small, much-branched, sprawling shrublet. Stipules 2-4 mm, white. Leaves 0.5-3.2 × 0.5-0.9 cm, linear-oblanceolate, glaucous; apex apiculate. Inflorescences with several-many flowers; bracts similar to stipules. Sepals 0.5 mm, thick. Petals c. 0.12 mm, white. Capsule c. 0.7 mm, ellipsoid, with a curved embryo, surrounded by the fleshy bracts which may be white or orange.
Derivation of specific name: campestris: of the fields or plains
Habitat: Open woodland, often on sandy soils.
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widely distributed in Africa from Ethiopia south to the Cape Province of South Africa; also in Arabia
Growth form(s):
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Content last updated: Saturday 31 March 2018

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 29.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 78. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 73. (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 32.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 45.

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 203.

Wild, H. (1960-1). Illecebraceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 358 - 360. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Pollichia campestris
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Pollichia campestris
African Plant Database: Pollichia campestris
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Pollichia campestris
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Pollichia campestris
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Pollichia campestris
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Pollichia campestris
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Pollichia campestris
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Pollichia campestris
iNaturalist: Pollichia campestris
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Pollichia campestris
JSTOR Plant Science: Pollichia campestris
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Pollichia campestris
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pollichia campestris
Plants of the World Online: Pollichia campestris
Tropicos: Pollichia campestris
Wikipedia: Pollichia campestris

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: Pollichia campestris.
https://www.capriviflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=123420, retrieved 27 November 2022

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