Vernonia melleri Oliv. & Hiern
var. melleri

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Vernonia melleri var. melleri

Jellis' farm
May 2000
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Vernonia melleri var. melleri

Kasanka National Park
May 2011
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Vernonia melleri var. melleri

Mutendere Game Ranch
Mar 1996
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Vernonia melleri var. melleri

Kasonde Ranch
Jun 1990
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Vernonia melleri var. melleri

Nachitete River, Chifwema
Jun 1993
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Synonyms: Linzia melleri (Oliv. & Hiern) H. Rob.
Vernonia scabrifolia var. amplifolia O. Hoffm.
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Status: Native
Erect perennial herb with annual stems, simple or sparsely branches, up to 1.5 m tall, growing from a woody rootstock, crowned with hairs. Leaves obovate or narrowly oblanceolate up to 19 cm long, often mucronate at the apex, roughly pubescent on both sides, venation prominent below; margin almost entire or with widely spaced teeth. Capitula 4-21, terminal. Involucral bracts numerous, green to purplish, drying straw-coloured. Florets bright blue to purplish.
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Habitat: In woodland and grassland.
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Worldwide distribution: Zambia, Angola, D.R. Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,Mc,E,C,Lk,S,W
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Content last updated: Wednesday 27 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 111.

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.

Pope, G.V. (1992). Compositae Flora Zambesiaca 6(1) Pages 90 - 92. (Includes a picture).

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

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, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Vernonia melleri var. melleri., retrieved 29 November 2023

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