Vernonia karaguensis Oliv. & Hiern

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Vernonia karaguensis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Cleared shelf on Southeastern slopes of main massive, Mt Gorongosa

Vernonia karaguensis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Cleared shelf on Southeastern slopes of main massive, Mt Gorongosa

Vernonia karaguensis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Cleared shelf on Southeastern slopes of main massive, Mt Gorongosa

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Synonyms: Orbivestus karaguensis (Oliv.) H. Rob.
Vernonia cistifolia O. Hoffm.
Vernonia porphyrolepis S. Moore
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Status: Native
Erect perennial herb with 1-several annual stems, up to 1.5 m tall, branched near the top, growing from a short rhizome. Leaves shortly petiolate, lanceolate-oblong up to c. 12 × 4 cm, mucronate at the apex, roughly hairy above, more or less densely hairy beneath; margin almost entire or irregularly crenulate, rolled under. Capitula very numerous, in clusters, together forming a large paniculate head. Involucral bracts 3-5-seriate, 4-7 mm long, purplish, linear-lanceolate; outer more or less reflexed. Florets purple, 7-8 mm long.
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Habitat: In high rainfall miombo woodland often near streams.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Nigeria, DRC, Rwanda, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N
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Content last updated: Tuesday 24 April 2012

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 176 - 177. (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 111.

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

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. as Vernonia porphyrolepis

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 34.

Pope, G.V. (1992). Compositae Flora Zambesiaca 6(1) Page 103.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 60.

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-22

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2022). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Vernonia karaguensis., retrieved 5 October 2022

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