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Corbichonia exellii Sukhor.

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Corbichonia exellii

Image 1
13 Dec 2008

Corbichonia exellii

Image 2
13 Dec 2008

Corbichonia exellii

Image 3
21 Mar 2008

Corbichonia exellii

Image 4
Leaves (upper surface)
21 Mar 2008

Corbichonia exellii

Image 5
Leaves (lower surface)
21 Mar 2008

Family: Molluginaceae
Full name: Corbichonia exellii Sukhor.
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): Sierkooltjie
English common name(s): -
Synonym(s): -
Status: Native
Description: Similar to C. decumbens but with ca. 30 petals per flower (C. decumbens has ca. 20) and sepal/petal ratio > 1.2 (C. decumbens sepal/petal ratio = ca. 1.20)

Plants up to 50 cm, very branched from the base; insignificantly lignified white perennial stems bearing angular, upright or ascending annual shoots (Fig. 4A) that are glabrous or sometimes can be covered with solitary simple and short-stalked glandular hairs; all leaves fleshy, glaucous, cuneate, apex shortly mucronate; lowermost leaves obovate, 3.0–7.0 × 1.5–3.0 cm, middle and upper leaves oblong or ovoid (Fig. 4B), with shortened vegetative shoots in their axils; inflorescences monochasial looking umbel-like (Fig. 4C); sepals approximately 4 mm, slightly accrescent (to 6 mm) in fruit; 20–30 petal-like staminodia (Fig. 4D), mauve or pink; stamens 20 or more, anthers white; capsule orbicular, 6–7 mm in diameter, papery; seeds numerous, 1.0–1.2 mm, reniform; testa cells without papilla-like elongations (Fig. 5 G, H, I). Habitat:—Scrubs, limestone, deserts and ruderal sites; 0–700 m a.s.l. (upper extent of the altitude is not precisely known). Phenology:—Flowering December–June; fruiting February–July.
Link(s) African Plant Database
JSTOR Plant Science
Kew Herbarium Catalogue
BGBM Berlin-Dahlem - Virtual Herbarium
Züricher Herbarien
iNaturalist (Namibia / Alex Dreyer)
iNaturalist (Namibia)
iNaturalist (southern Africa)
Flora of Zimbabwe
Fleurs de notre Terre - Galerie Namibie
Tree Atlas of Namibia
Content last updated: 18 Apr 2024

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