Vernonia rhodanthoidea Muschl.

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Vernonia rhodanthoidea

Protea Hill Farm
Jun 2010
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Vernonia rhodanthoidea

Protea Hill Farm
Jun 2016
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Vernonia rhodanthoidea

Lusaka Showgrounds
Jun 1990
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Vernonia rhodanthoidea

May 1993
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Synonyms: Crystallopollen angustifolium Steetz
Polydora angustifolia (Steetz) H. Rob.
Vernonia erinacea Wild
Vernonia poskeana sensu Oliv. & Hiern
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Status: Native
Erect, diffusely branched annual or short-lived perennial herb, up to c. 1 m tall. Leaves sessile, filiform to linear, up to 10 cm long, mostly shorter, gland-dotted on both surfaces and with fine rough short hairs above, often mucronate at the apex; margin more or less entire, sometimes rolled under. Capitula few to many in a lax corymbiform or paniculate arrangement; stalks up to 5 cm long, velvety. Involucre up to 7-10 mm long; bracts 4-5-seriate, lanceolate to ovate, 2-7 mm long, finely velvety. Corolla mauve to purple, rarely pink, up to 7.5 mm long, excserted beyond the involucre. Achenes 2-2-5 mm long, 5-6-angular or ribbed; outer pappus short, of oblong-lanceolate, more or less overlapping scales; inner pappus of brown-purplish or grey-brown barbellate setae up to c. 5 mm long.
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Habitat: Ruderal; cultivation, waste land, footpaths, grassland.
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Flowering time:Apr - Jun
Worldwide distribution: Zambia, Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): E,Lk,S
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Content last updated: Thursday 7 July 2016

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 110. as Vernonia erinacea (Includes a picture).

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 36.

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. as Vernonia erinacea

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 35.

Pope, G.V. (1992). Compositae Flora Zambesiaca 6(1) Pages 148 - 149. as Vernonia erinacea

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 59. as Vernonia erinacea

Wild, H. (1978). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca area. 8. Vernonieae (Vernonia). Kirkia 11(1) Pages 55 - 56.

Wild, H. (1978). New and interesting Vernonia species from the Flora Zambesiaca area Kirkia 11(1) Page 2.

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Vernonia rhodanthoidea., retrieved 17 July 2024

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