Inula glomerata Oliv. & Hiern

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Inula glomerata

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Cecil Kop Nature Reserve, Mutare

Inula glomerata

Picture: Bart Wursten
Cecil Kop Nature Reserve, Mutare

Inula glomerata

Picture: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Inula glomerata

Picture: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Synonyms: Inula acervata S. Moore
Common names:
Status: Native
Robust perennial herb, up to c. 2 m tall. Leaves initially in a basal rosette, eventually also along the stem. Basal leaves up to 45 × 20 cm, obovate, base running down the petiole, roughly hairy above, densely velvety below; margin irregularly toothed. Inflorescence a large terminal panicle. Capitula in dense subspherical clusters, orange-yellow; ray-florets absent. The flower heads take a long time to open, appearing creamy-white due to the involucral bracts.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: glomerata: clustered
Habitat: In miombo woodland and wooded grassland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Jul - Sep
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and northern South Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): C,Lk
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 99.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 22.

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 32.

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 26.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 31.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 56.

Wild, H. (1980). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca area, 12. Inuleae (continued). Kirkia 12(1) Pages 39 - 40.

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Flora of Malawi: Inula glomerata
Flora of Mozambique: Inula glomerata
Flora of Zimbabwe: Inula glomerata

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Inula glomerata
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Inula glomerata
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Inula glomerata
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Inula glomerata
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JSTOR Plant Science: Inula glomerata
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Inula glomerata
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Inula glomerata
Plants of the World Online: Inula glomerata
Tropicos: Inula glomerata
Wikipedia: Inula glomerata

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: Inula glomerata., retrieved 5 February 2023

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