Ascolepis protea Welw.
var. bellidiflora Welw.

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Ascolepis protea var. bellidiflora

Wetland margin
20 km west of Katete town
Mar 2012
Photo: Nick Wightman

Ascolepis protea var. bellidiflora

Wetland margin
20 km west of Katete town
Mar 2012
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Synonyms: Ascolepis bellidiflora (Welw.) Cherm.
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Status: Native
Tufted perennial herb, up to 50 cm high, growing from a slender rhizome, sometimes bulbous at the base. Leaves up to 20 cm long, less than half the length of the culm, pale green. Involucral bracts up to 10 but mostly 5-6, filiform, up to 15 cm long, pale green, often with red glandular dots. Inflorescence subglobose or hemispherical, 10-40 mm in diameter; glumes 4-10 mm long, white or pale yellow. Nutlets obovoid, c. 1 mm long, dark reddish-brown, papillose to densely tuberculate.
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Habitat: In marshy grassland and along streamsides.
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Worldwide distribution: From Nigeria to Sudan and Ethiopia and South to Angola, Malawi, Mozambique Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca):
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Cb,N,C,Lk,S,W
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Content last updated: Sunday 28 October 2018

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 297.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 122.

Hoenselaar, K., Verdcourt, B. & Beentje, H.J. (2010). Cyperaceae Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 269 - 271.

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 87.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 109.

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Flora of Malawi: Ascolepis protea var. bellidiflora
Flora of Mozambique: Ascolepis protea var. bellidiflora
Flora of Zimbabwe: Ascolepis protea var. bellidiflora

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ascolepis protea
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ascolepis protea
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-22

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2022). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Ascolepis protea var. bellidiflora., retrieved 18 August 2022

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