African Plant Database

Neptunia oleracea Lour.
Family : Mimosaceae
Protologue : Fl. Cochinch. 2: 654 (1790)
Information on the genus : Neptunia
Status for MA : accepted (present)
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Mimosa natans L. f.
=Mimosa prostrata Lam. (1783)
=Neptunia prostrata Baill. (1883)
=Neptunia stolonifera (DC.) Guill. & Perr.
=Desmanthus stolonifer DC.
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Perennial, usually aquatic herb or prostrate near the water's edge; stems rarely branched, usually floating, on the surface of water often forming floating mats with other plants, swollen, hollow and rooting especially at nodes,
Ecology : In and by fresh water of pools, lakes and swamps; warm, slow-moving or stagnant waters; able to tolerate seasonal drying; muddy-clayey soil; edges of rice-fields; 10-1220 m alt.
  Tropics of Old and New Worlds (Africa, Asia, Central and South America). Becoming a troublesome weed in W. Africa.
Biol./Eco : Herb; Dry; Freshwater Wetland; 0-499 m; distribution: Africa. Asia,

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Peyre de Fabrègues B. & J. P. Lebrun (1976). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Niger. Maison Alfort
  • Boudet G. & J.P. Lebrun (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali. Etudes et Synthèses IEMVT 16
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:261 (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
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