Vernonia myriantha Hook. f.

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Vernonia myriantha

Protea Hill Farm
Nov 2008
Photo: Mike Bingham

Vernonia myriantha

Protea Hill Farm
Nov 2008
Photo: Mike Bingham

Vernonia myriantha

Lusaka E, Palabana
Sep 1987
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Gymnanthemum myrianthum (Hook.f.) H. Rob.
Vernonia ampla O. Hoffm.
Vernonia podocoma Sch.Bip. ex Vatke
Vernonia stipulacea Klatt
Vernonia subuligera O. Hoffm.
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Frequency: Widespread
Status: Native
A spreading shrub 1.5-6 m. tall. Leaves grey-green pubescent to tomentose beneath, rarely glabrescent, 10-38 cm. long, margins serrate. Capitula numerous, small, phyllaries ± equalling the mature achene in length, inner phyllaries falling in fruit; florets 5-15 per capitulum; achene obscurely angular and 6-8 ribbed, outer pappus of short setae, inner of fine white often long-exserted setae.
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Habitat: Rocky scrub and grassland.
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Flowering time:Aug - Sep
Worldwide distribution: Zambia, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe; widespread in tropical Africa, extending to KwaZulu-Natal.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,N,E,Lk,S
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Content last updated: Friday 29 July 2016

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 180 - 181. (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.

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 1028. (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.

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 29. As Vernonia stipulacea

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 278. as Vernonia stipulacea

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 82 - 85. (Includes a picture).

Shone, D.K. & Drummond, R.B. (1965). Poisonous Plants of Rhodesia Ministry of Agriculture, Rhodesia Pages 18 - 19. as Vernonia ampla (Includes a picture).

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 myriantha., retrieved 9 December 2023

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