Eriocaulon abyssinicum Hochst.

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Eriocaulon abyssinicum

Lusaka National Park
Jan 2008
Photo: Mike Bingham

Eriocaulon abyssinicum

Yieldingtree Farm,Lusaka
May 1993
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Eriocaulon ciliisepalum Rendle
Eriocaulon gilgianum Ruhland
Eriocaulon subulatum N.E. Br.
Common names:
Frequency: Widespread
Status: Native
Small rosulate annual. Stem abbreviated to a basal disc. Leaves few, up to 5 cm long, the longest reaching as high as the capitula. Scapes several to numerous, 2-12 cm high. Capitula dark brown, subtended by pale involucral bracts.
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Notes: A pioneer species locally abundant, frequently associated with similar Eriocaulon species.
Derivation of specific name: abyssinicum: of Abyssinia (previous name of Ethiopia)
Habitat: Shallow muddy soil
Altitude range: 650 - 1400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Tropical E Africa from Ethiopia to KZN, Nigeria.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N,E,Lk,S
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Content last updated: Friday 16 June 2017

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 16.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 523. (Includes a picture).

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 90.

Phillips, S.M. (2010). Eriocaulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(4) Pages 54 - 55. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Eriocaulon abyssinicum., retrieved 25 April 2024

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