Vernonia anthelmintica (L.) Willd.

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Vernonia anthelmintica

Picture: Mark Hyde
Near Sohwe Falls

Vernonia anthelmintica

Picture: Mark Hyde
Near Sohwe Falls

Vernonia anthelmintica

Picture: James Varden
Iganyana Tented Camp, Hwange District (next door to Hwange Safari Lodge).

Vernonia anthelmintica

Picture: James Varden
Iganyana Tented Camp, Hwange District (next door to Hwange Safari Lodge).

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Synonyms: Baccharoides anthelmintica (L.) Moench
Conyza anthelmintica L.
Dolosanthus sylvaticus Klatt
Vernonia stenolepis Oliv.
Common names:
Status: Native
Annual herb 0.1-2 m tall with sparingly branched stems, leafy in the upper part. Leaves subsessile, more or less narrowly oblong-elliptic, up to 22 cm long, sparsely hairy above and on the veins beneath, glad-dotted especially beneath; margins serrate with sharply pointed teeth. Capitula 2-24 on the leafy branches. Involucres 12-20 mm long and up to 35 mm wide when mature, broadly campanulate to hemispheric. Phyllaries many-seriate, mostly with apical appendages. Corollas purple to mauve, 10-12 mm long. Achenes dark brown to black, 4-5.5 mm long, 10-ribbed, strigose hairy.
Type location:
Sri Lanka
Derivation of specific name: anthelmintica: vermifuge, worm-expelling
Habitat: In riverine vegetation, miombo and mixed deciduous woodland and thickets, usually in shady situations on rocky hill slopes and on kalahari sand.
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Worldwide distribution: DRC, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe,Botwana and Namibia. Also in Pakistan, India,Nepal and Sri Lanka.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): E,C,S,W
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Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 36. (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 29.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 28. as Baccharoides anthelmintica

Pope, G.V. (1992). Compositae Flora Zambesiaca 6(1) Pages 136 - 137.

Roodt, V. (2011). Wild flowers, Waterplants and Grasses of the Okavango Delta and Kalahari "Did You Know" nature series Struik Nature for Veronica Roodt Publications Page 90. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 31. as Baccharoides anthelmintica

Wild, H. (1978). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca area. 8. Vernonieae (Vernonia). Kirkia 11(1) Pages 115 - 116. as Vernonia stenolepis

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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: Vernonia anthelmintica., retrieved 13 June 2024

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