African Plant Database

Biophytum umbraculum Welw.
Protologue : Apont. 590 (1859)
Information on the genus : Biophytum
Status for MA : accepted (naturalised)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Oxalis petersiana (Klotzsch) C. Müller
=Biophytum petersianum Klotzsch (1861)
=Biophytum rotundifolium Delhaye (1952)
=Oxalis sensitiva L.
=Biophytum sensitivum (L.) DC. (1824)
=Oxalis apodiscias Turcz. (1863)
=Biophytum apodiscias (Turcz.) Edgew. & Hook. f. (1874)
=Oxalis petersii Edgew. & Hook. f. (1874)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Annual herb 10-40 cm tall, with simple slender erect stem ending ramose stems, to 22 cm high, arising from a rhizome.
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Ecology : Widespread, frequent in humid regions of the forest-belt; Brachystegia woodland, open grassland, marsh edges; cliffs; often a weed of cultivated land on sandy soils; 0-2000 m alt. Madagascar, Mascarene, India, Sri Lanka, SE Asia, Malaya, New Guinea
Biol./Eco : Herb; distribution: Naturalised in Madagascar.

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Boudet G. & J.P. Lebrun (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:311 (2012)
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and South Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing
  • César J. & C. Chatelain (2019). Flore illustrée du Tchad. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de Genève, Coopération Suisse & Univ. N'Djaména

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • Checklist Flow. Pl. Sub-Saharan Africa : 523 (2006).
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