Laggera decurrens (Vahl) Hepper & J.R.I. Wood

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Laggera decurrens

Picture: Bart Wursten
Osborne Dam Recreational Park

Laggera decurrens

Picture: Bart Wursten
Osborne Dam Recreational Park

Laggera decurrens

Picture: Bart Wursten
Osborne Dam Recreational Park

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Synonyms: Blumea decurrens (Vahl) Merxm.
Blumea gariepina DC.
Common names:
Status: Native
Bushy annual aromatic herb, up to 2 m tall, most parts covered in silky, silvery-grey hairs. Leaves narrowly oblong, up to 30 × 5 mm, base decurrent, running into the stem as narrow, entire wings. Capitula in branched large terminal inflorescences; involucral bracts numerous in 4 series. Florets yellow or whitish.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: decurrens: decurrent, running down (e.g. leaf bases running down the stem as wings)
Habitat: In grassland and open woodland, often as a pioneer of old cultivation or disturbed areas, such as mine dumps.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:May - Sep
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa and South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca):
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lk,S,W
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
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Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 23.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 217. (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 24. as Blumea crispata

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 34. (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 decurrens

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 198. As Blumea decurrens

Wild, H. (1968-9). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca area. 2. Inuleae (in part). Kirkia 7(1) Pages 129 - 130. as Blumea gariepina

Other sources of information about Laggera decurrens:

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Flora of Botswana: Laggera decurrens
Flora of Caprivi: Laggera decurrens
Flora of Mozambique: Laggera decurrens
Flora of Zimbabwe: Laggera decurrens

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Laggera decurrens
African Plant Database: Laggera decurrens
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Laggera decurrens
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Laggera decurrens
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Laggera decurrens
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Laggera decurrens
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Laggera decurrens
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Laggera decurrens
iNaturalist: Laggera decurrens
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Laggera decurrens
JSTOR Plant Science: Laggera decurrens
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Laggera decurrens
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Laggera decurrens
Plants of the World Online: Laggera decurrens
The Plant List (version 1.1): Laggera decurrens
Tropicos: Laggera decurrens
Wikipedia: Laggera decurrens

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-20

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2020). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Laggera decurrens., retrieved 28 January 2020

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