Nesaea rigidula (Sond.) Koehne

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Nesaea rigidula

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Eastern side, Okavango Delta, Botswana

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Synonyms: Lythrum rigidulum Sond.
Nesaea mucronata Koehne
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Erect or decumbent, small perennial shrublet, up to 35 cm tall. Stems hairless or shortly hairy, 4-angled or narrowly 4-winged towards the top. Leaves opposite, sessile, oblong to lanceolate, up to 25 mm long, blue-green, single-veined from the cordate base; apex more or less blunt. Flowers in 1-3-flowered clusters, 6-merous. Calyx 4-6 mm long, cup-shaped; appendages very short or absent. Petals 4-6 mm long, white rose, salmon, orange or red. Stamens 12. Style greatly exceeding the stamens.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa
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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 26.

Fernandes, A. (1978). Lythraceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Page 291.

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 59.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 82.

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 217.

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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 Caprivi: Species information: Nesaea rigidula., retrieved 18 July 2024

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