Gutenbergia leiocarpa O. Hoffm.

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Gutenbergia leiocarpa

Picture: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank

Gutenbergia leiocarpa

Picture: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank

Gutenbergia leiocarpa

Picture: Bart Wursten
Christon Bank

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Synonyms: Gutenbergia gossweileri S. Moore
Gutenbergia tenuis S. Moore
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Status: Native
Slender or bushy erect annual herb, up to 80 cm tall, or procumbent perennial with trailing stems to 1.2 m long. Leaves opposite, becoming alternate on the upper stem, sessile, linear-elliptic, narrowly oblong or oblong-lanceolate, up to 8 × 2 cm, sparsely, somewhat bristly hairy above, densely matted with silvery-white appressed T-shaped hairs below; margin entire. Capitula numerous, small, in cymose clusters. Involucral bracts numerous, green, bristle-tipped. Florets discoid, mauve to purple. Pappus 0.
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Habitat: In mixed deciduous and miombo woodland, lake shores and river flood plains, often on sandy soils, sometimes as a weed of disturbed areas and roadsides.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lp,Lk
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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 25. also as Gutenbergia gossweileri

Pope, G.V. (1992). Compositae Flora Zambesiaca 6(1) Pages 153 - 157. (?) Syn G. gossweileri (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: Gutenbergia leiocarpa., retrieved 20 February 2024

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