Vernonia glabra (Steetz) Vatke
var. glabra

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Vernonia glabra var. glabra

Lusaka E, 20 km, Chalimbana Farm
Apr 2010
Photo: Mike Bingham

Vernonia glabra var. glabra

Lusaka E, 20 km, Chalimbana Farm
Apr 2010
Photo: Mike Bingham

Vernonia glabra var. glabra

Luangwa valley, Chinzombo
Apr 2010
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Linzia glabra Steetz
Vernonia glabra (Steetz) Vatke var. ondongensis (Klatt) Merxm.
Vernonia obconica Oliv. & Hiern
Vernonia ondongensis Klatt
Vernonia pogosperma Klatt
Vernonia roseopapposa Gilli
Common names:
Status: Native
Robust erect perennial herb with annual stems, unbranched except in the inflorescence,, up to 3 m tall, growing from a large woody rootstock. Lower leaves petiolate, subsessile higher on the stem. Leaves oblong-elliptic to oblanceolate, becoming lanceolate in uppermost leaves; margin coarsely serrate, mostly glabrescent. Capitula numerous in small clusters, terminal on the branches, purple-blue. See var. laxa for comparison.
Type location:
Syntypes from Mozambique
Derivation of specific name: glabra: hairless
Habitat: A species of roadsides, high rainfall woodland, grassland and riverine vegetation.
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Worldwide distribution: DRC, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,N,E,C,Lk,S
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Content last updated: Wednesday 27 July 2016

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 178 - 179. (Includes a picture).

Bolnick, D. (2007). A Guide to the Common Wild Flowers of Zambia and Neighbouring Regions Revised Edition. WECS, Lusaka, Zambia Pages 22 - 23. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 58.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 37.

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 35. As Vernonia glabra

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

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 42. (Includes a picture).

Pope, G.V. (1992). Compositae Flora Zambesiaca 6(1) Pages 89 - 91. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 39.

Siebert, S. & Mössmer, M. (Editors) (2002). SABONET Southern Mozambique Expedition 2001; Provisional Plant Checklist of the Maputo Elephant Reserve (MER) and Licuati Forest Reserve (LFR) SABONET News 7(1) Page 24.

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Flora of Botswana: Vernonia glabra var. glabra
Flora of Caprivi: Vernonia glabra var. glabra
Flora of Malawi: Vernonia glabra var. glabra
Flora of Mozambique: Vernonia glabra var. glabra
Flora of Zimbabwe: Vernonia glabra var. glabra

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Vernonia glabra
African Plant Database: Vernonia glabra
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Vernonia glabra
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Vernonia glabra
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Vernonia glabra
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Vernonia glabra var. glabra., retrieved 4 February 2023

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