Gnidia chrysantha (Solms ex Schweinf.) Gilg

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Gnidia chrysantha

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Jan 2011
Photo: Lari Merrett

Gnidia chrysantha

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Jan 2011
Photo: Lari Merrett

Gnidia chrysantha

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Apr 2013
Photo: Lari Merrett

Gnidia chrysantha

Near Dedza
Dec 1972
Photo: Doug Laing

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Synonyms: Arthrosolen chrysanthus Solms
Gnidia miniata R.E. Fr.
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial herb. Stems few to many, mostly unbranched, up to 80 cm, growing from a woody rhizome. Leaves alternate, erect, subsessile, elliptic, narrowly ovate or obovate, glaucous, glabrous. Inflorescence a terminal involucrate head, mostly 30-50-flowered. Flowers brilliant yellow to scarlet red. It is a typical pyrophyte, often flowering soon after the grass fires.
Type location:
Syntypes from Sudan & Ethiopia
Derivation of specific name: chrysantha: golden-flowered
Habitat: In grassland, in the ecotone between woodland and grassland and along vlei margins.
Altitude range: 400 - 2000 m
Flowering time:Dec - Jan
Worldwide distribution: West Africa, DRC, Sudan and East Africa, south to Zimbabwe and Mozambique
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Lp,N,E,Lk,S,W
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Content last updated: Friday 16 September 2016

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 74 - 75. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 276.

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 113.

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 80.

Peterson, B. (updated by Verdcourt, B.) (2006). Thymelaeaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) Pages 102 - 103.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 101.

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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: Gnidia chrysantha., retrieved 1 March 2024

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