Polycarpon prostratum (Forssk.) Asch. & Schweinf.

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Polycarpon prostratum

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11, Blue Haze Lane, Umwinsidale

Polycarpon prostratum

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Pine Tree Inn, Juliasdale

Polycarpon prostratum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Pine Tree Inn, Juliasdale

Polycarpon prostratum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Pine Tree Inn, Juliasdale

Polycarpon prostratum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Pine Tree Inn, Juliasdale

Polycarpon prostratum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hippo Pools

Polycarpon prostratum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hippo Pools

Polycarpon prostratum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hippo Pools

Polycarpon prostratum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Hippo Pools

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Synonyms: Alsine prostrata Forssk.
Pharnaceum depressum L.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Probably native
Description:
Annual herb with ascending spreading branches. Leaves opposite or subwhorled, subsessile, oblanceolate, pubescent, 0.3-3 cm long; margin entire. Stipules whitish, membranous, 1-2 mm. Inflorescences of terminal or axillary, many-flowered cymes. Sepals 3-4 mm, broad green in the middle and with whitish hyaline margins. Petals 5 (less often 2-3 or 0), membranous, acute. Stamens 3-5. Capsule ellipsoid, shorter than the persistent sepals, with 3 membranous valves.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: prostratum: lying flat on the ground; prostrate
Habitat: In open sandy habitats, often as a weed of lawns and areas of cultivation
Altitude range: (metres) 910 - 1820 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Pantropical species, sometimes occurring in the subtropics
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Images last updated: Monday 16 November 2015
Literature:

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. as Polycarpon prostratum var. prostratum

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

Wild, H. (1960-1). Caryophyllaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2) Pages 339 - 341. (Includes a picture).


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Polycarpon prostratum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=123310, retrieved 26 September 2017

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