Pupalia lappacea (L.) A. Juss.
var. velutina (Moq.) Hook. f.

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Pupalia lappacea var. velutina

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Island 4, Katombora, Zambezi

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Synonyms: Achyranthes mollis Thonn.
Desmochaeta flavescens DC.
Pupalia distantiflora A. Rich.
Pupalia lappacea (L.) A. Juss. var. tomentosa (Peter) Suesseng.
Pupalia mollis (Thonn.) Moq.
Pupalia tomentosa Peter
Pupalia velutina Moq.
Common names:
Status: Native
Annual or perennial herb, erect or prostrate and sprawling. Branches and leaves opposite, variously hairy. Inflorescences greyish-white, in racemes, the clusters alternate and well-spaced.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: lappacea: burr-like; velutina: velvety
Habitat: In a wide variety of habitats, often in sandy soils.
Altitude range: Up to 1370 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in the Old World tropics
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N,E,C,S,W
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 46.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 30.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 70. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 345. probably in error as var. lappacea (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 16.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 21. as Pupalia lappacea

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 23. (Includes a picture).

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 528 - 529. as Pupalia lappacea (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 21.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 196.

Townsend, C.C. (1988). Amaranthaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(1) Pages 90 - 92. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Pupalia lappacea var. velutina
Flora of Caprivi: Pupalia lappacea var. velutina
Flora of Malawi: Pupalia lappacea var. velutina
Flora of Mozambique: Pupalia lappacea var. velutina
Flora of Zimbabwe: Pupalia lappacea var. velutina

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Pupalia lappacea
African Plant Database: Pupalia lappacea
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Pupalia lappacea
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Pupalia lappacea
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Pupalia lappacea
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iNaturalist: Pupalia lappacea
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Pupalia lappacea
JSTOR Plant Science: Pupalia lappacea
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pupalia lappacea
Plants of the World Online: Pupalia lappacea
Tropicos: Pupalia lappacea
Wikipedia: Pupalia lappacea

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Pupalia lappacea var. velutina.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=122380, retrieved 3 October 2023

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