Blumea axillaris (Lam.) DC.

Selected images: Click on each image to see a larger version and details of the record View all images (11)

Blumea axillaris

Picture: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam

Blumea axillaris

Picture: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam

Blumea axillaris

Picture: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam

Blumea axillaris

Picture: Bart Wursten
Close to Fenella Drive, Monavale Vlei

Specimen citations: Display citations Detailed records: Display species records QDS maps by: Google Maps Point records by Google Maps

Species details: Click on each item to see an explanation of that item (Note: opens a new window)

Synonyms: Blumea dregeanoides Sch. Bip. ex A. Rich.
Blumea lacera auct.
Blumea mollis (D.Don) Merr.
Blumea solidaginoides (Poir.) DC.
Common names:
Status: Native
Annual herb to 60 cm, softly pilose with spreading hairs and usually glandular ones in addition. Stems without wings. Lower leaves sessile or petiolate, usually sessile and progressively smaller upwards; lamina up to 7 × 3 cm, narrowly obovate to elliptic, from silky-villous to glabrescent on both sides; base cuneate; apex acute or apiculate; margin serrate. Capitula c.7 × 8 mm, in dense terminal narrow panicles. Phyllaries numerous, outer c.4.5 mm, inner c.11 mm, purplish. Florets purplish. Achenes (of bisexual florets) c. 0.7 mm, pubescent.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: axillaris: axillary, arising in the leaf axils
Habitat: In wet grassland and by rivers and streams or a weed of cultivation.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Aug - Dec
Worldwide distribution: Widespread throughout tropical Africa, Madagascar, India, the Far East and Australia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lk,W
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species:
Spot characters: Display spot characters for this species

Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Page 206. (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 84. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 9. As Blumea dregeanoides and B. solidaginoides

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 29. As Blumea dregeanoides

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 23.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 28.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 442 - 443. As Blumea mollis; the image appears incorrect. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 31. as Blumea dregeanoides and Blumea solidaginoides

Van Wyk, B. & Malan, S. (1988). Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria Region Struik, Cape Town Pages 194 - 195. As Blumea mollis; the image appears incorrect. (Includes a picture).

Wild, H. (1968-9). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca area. 2. Inuleae (in part). Kirkia 7(1) Pages 127 - 128. as Blumea mollis

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 88.

Other sources of information about Blumea axillaris:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Blumea axillaris
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Blumea axillaris
Flora of Malawi: Blumea axillaris
Flora of Mozambique: Blumea axillaris
Flora of Zimbabwe: Blumea axillaris

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Blumea axillaris
African Plant Database: Blumea axillaris
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Blumea axillaris
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Blumea axillaris
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Blumea axillaris
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Blumea axillaris
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Blumea axillaris
JSTOR Plant Science: Blumea axillaris
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Blumea axillaris
Plants of the World Online: Blumea axillaris
Tropicos: Blumea axillaris
Wikipedia: Blumea axillaris

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: Blumea axillaris., retrieved 24 September 2023

Site software last modified: 10 May 2018 10:51pm
Terms of use