Plants photographed on Kyffhäuser
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Tetragonia calycina Fenzl

Tetragonia calycina

Dry seed pods

Family: Aizoaceae
Full name: Tetragonia calycina Fenzl
Location: Kyffhäuser (2416AD + 2416CB)
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): -
English common name(s): -
Synonym(s): Tetragonia karasmontana Dinter ex Adamson
=Tetragonia macroptera Pax ?
Status: Native
Description: Perennial up to 50 cm. high, diffuse, much-branched. Young stems pruinose-papulose, with decurrent ridges, the older terete, pale-coloured, almost smooth. Leaves 2–2·5 × 0·2–0·6 cm., subfleshy, lanceolate, expanded, folded or slightly revolute, papulose especially on the inferior surface, narrowed at base into a petiole up to 4 mm. long. Inflorescences axillary, solitary or geminate, disposed in a loose nearly leafless raceme. Flowers up to 3 mm. long, greenish or yellowish, with slender pedicels 1–2 cm. long, elongating at the fruiting stage. Perianth-segments 4, 2–3 mm. long, oblong, acute and papulose. Stamens c. 15, with linear-oblong anthers more or less as long as the filaments. Ovary wholly inferior, 2–4-locular; styles 2–4, very slightly longer than the stamens. Fruit up to 2·5 cm. long and wide, suborbicular, 2–4-locular, (3)4-winged, notched at top, rounded or rather abruptly narrowed at the base; wings firm, with reticulate veins and distinct intermediate ridges. (from Kew Royal Botanical Gardens - Useful plants of Columbia / Flora Zambesiaca)

Suffruticose, diffuse, much branched, pruinose-papulose; flowering branches undivided; leaves carnose, lanceolate or linear-lanceolate, acutish, attenuated in a distinct petiole, margins revolute; flowers axillary, solitary or geminate, disposed in a lax, nearly leafless raceme; pedicels 1 inch or shorter; lobes of calyx linear, bluntish, 2–2 1/2 lines long; stamens very numerous; fruit 8–10 lines long, suborbicular, with four large wings, not costate, 3–4 locular. Decumbent subshrub; annual branches as large as a raven's quill. Leaves 1 inch or shorter, 2 1/2–1 line wide, scattered, with a few fascicles in the axils. From T. fruticosa it is distinguished by the distinctly petiolate leaves and linear not broadly ovate calyx segments. (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora Capensis)
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
Photographer: AA Dreyer
Date of photograph: 13 Dec 2008
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: PowerShot A700
Lens aperture: f/4.0
Shutter speed: 1/160 s
ISO speed: -
Content last updated: 18 Apr 2024

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