Vernonia petersii Oliv. & Hiern ex Oliv.

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Vernonia petersii

On old mine dump
Dunrobin Mine
Apr 1996
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Vernonia petersii

Apr 1996
Photo: Mike Bingham

Vernonia petersii

Miombo woodland
Chakwenga Copper prospect
Apr 2008
Photo: Mike Bingham

Vernonia petersii

Protea Hill Farm
Mar 1996
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Vernonia petersii

Apr 1992
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Vernonia petersii

Chainama Hills
May 1995
Photo: Mike Bingham

Vernonia petersii

An unusually compact plant showing the stages of flowering
Protea Hill Farm
Apr 2008
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Vernonia eriocephala Klatt
Vernonia karongensis Baker
Vernoniastrum latifolium (Steetz) H. Rob.
Common names:
Frequency: Widespread except at high altitudes
Status: Native
Fairly robust annual herb, up to 120 cm. Stems mostly laxly branched, ribbed with appressed hairs. Leaves linear-oblong to narrowly elliptic or oblong-oblanceolate, up to c. 14 cm long, sparsely hairy on both surfaces; margin subentire to shallowly serrate. Capitula numerous on long hairy stalks. Involucral bracts densely hairy. Florets pale pink to purple.
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Derivation of specific name: petersii: named after Professor Wilhelm Peters (1815-1863) of Berlin who collected in Mozambique in the early 19th century.
Habitat: Ruderal, ‘very widespread except at high altitudes.”
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Worldwide distribution: Zambia, Angola, D.R. Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Namibia.
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: Friday 29 July 2016

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

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

Pope, G.V. (1992). Compositae Flora Zambesiaca 6(1) Pages 140 - 141.

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.

Wild, H. (1978). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca area. 8. Vernonieae (Vernonia). Kirkia 11(1) Pages 59 - 60.

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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Vernonia petersii., retrieved 27 February 2024

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