Aerva lanata (L.) Juss. ex Schult.

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Aerva lanata

Picture: Bart Wursten
Zona Tea Estates, near Mt Selinda

Aerva lanata

Picture: Bart Wursten
Zona Tea Estates, near Mt Selinda

Aerva lanata

Picture: Bart Wursten
Zona Tea Estates, near Mt Selinda

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Synonyms: Achyranthes lanata L.
Aerva mozambicensis Gandoger
Common names:
Frequency: Locally frequent
Status: Native
Erect to prostrate, sometimes scrambling perennial herb, often somewhat woody near the base. Stems numerous from the base, 0.3-2 m long, often branching higher up, striate, more or less densely woolly with whitish to yellowish hairs. Leaves alternate, 1-5 cm long, more or less broadly ovate-elliptic, lanceolate or spathulate, more or less densely woolly, usually denser beneath; base of the lamina running down into the petiole, sometime rendering the petiole obsolete. Inflorescences in axillary, sessile silky whitish spikes, 0.5-2 cm long, solitary or in clusters, together at the ends of branches often appearing as one inflorescence separated by very small bract-like leaves. Flowers unisexual or bisexual, very small, greenish, often almost hidden in the mass of silky hairs.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: lanata: woolly
Habitat: Along forest margins but mostly in disturbed areas or old cultivated fields.
Altitude range: Up to 1490 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Old World tropics and subtropics.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces):
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Content last updated: Wednesday 8 February 2012

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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 20.

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 20.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 20.

Townsend, C.C. (1988). Amaranthaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(1) Pages 94 - 96.

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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: Aerva lanata., retrieved 24 February 2024

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