Gnidia kraussiana Meisn.
var. kraussiana

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Gnidia kraussiana var. kraussiana

Sep 1972
Photo: Doug Laing

Gnidia kraussiana var. kraussiana

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Sep 2008
Photo: Lari Merrett

Gnidia kraussiana var. kraussiana

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Sep 2008
Photo: Lari Merrett

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Synonyms: Gnidia djurica Gilg
Gnidia hoepfneriana Vatke ex Gilg
Gnidia kerstingii (H. Pearson) Engl.
Gnidia kraussii (Meisn.) De Wild.
Gnidia rorida (S. Moore) Eyles
Gnidia usinjensis Gilg
Lasiosiphon affinis Kotschy & Peyr.
Lasiosiphon guineensis A. Chev.
Lasiosiphon hoepfnerianus (Vatke ex Gilg) H. Pearson
Lasiosiphon kerstingii H. Pearson
Lasiosiphon kraussianus (Meisn.) Burtt Davy
Lasiosiphon kraussii Meisn.
Lasiosiphon roridus S. Moore
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial herb or subshrub; stems unbranched or slightly branched, numerous from a thick woody rhizome. Inflorescence capitate, compact, terminal, 18-55(72)-flowered, 2.5-4 cm in diameter; peduncle 1-15 cm long, glabrous or pubescent, sometimes almost lacking. Bracts glabrous to densely pubescent or pilose, green, persistent. Flowers (4)5 merous, orange or yellow.
Type location:
South Africa, KwaZulu Natal
Derivation of specific name: kraussiana: named after Christian Krauss (1812-1890) German scientist, traveller and collector in South Africa.
Habitat: Grassland and woodland, mostly seen flowering after fires.
Altitude range: 300 - 2100 m
Flowering time:Sep - Oct
Worldwide distribution: Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana; from Senegal, and Kenya to South Africa and Namibia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,N,Mc,E,C,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. as Gnidia kraussiana (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 28.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 18.

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 107 - 110. (Includes a picture).

Plowes, D.C.H. & Drummond, R.B. (1990). Wild Flowers of Zimbabwe. Revised edition. Longman, Zimbabwe. No. 81, plates 108 & 109

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 108.

Shone, D.K. & Drummond, R.B. (1965). Poisonous Plants of Rhodesia Ministry of Agriculture, Rhodesia Pages 54 - 55. (Includes a picture).

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 227.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 100.

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Gnidia kraussiana var. kraussiana., retrieved 19 July 2024

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