Calostephane divaricata Benth.

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Calostephane divaricata

Lusaka, Jellis' farm
Mar 2009
Photo: Mike Bingham

Calostephane divaricata

Lusaka, Jellis' farm
Apr 1996
Photo: Mike Bingham

Calostephane divaricata

Lusaka, Jellis' farm
Mar 2009
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Calostephane eylesii Thell.
Calostephane foliosa Klatt
Calostephane schinzii O. Hoffm.
Calostephane setosa Alston
Common names:
Status: Native
Branched annual herb, up to c. 1 m. Leaves alternate, ovate, lanceolate to almost linear, up to 11 × 2.5 cm, thinly textured, 3-veined from near the base, finely velvety to almost hairless; base tapering into a winged petiole, sometimes decurrent along the upper branches; margin dentate to almost entire. Capitula terminal on the branches, yellow. Involucral bracts 1-2-seriate, linear-lanceolate, up to 6 mm long, covered with somewhat hooked hairs. Ray-florets spreading, oblong-elliptic, 3-toothed at the apex.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: divaricata: widely spreading or divergent
Habitat: In dry open Mopane-Acacia woodland, often on poor rocky soils.
Altitude range: Up to 1000 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, South Africa as far as KwaZulu-Natal.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Mc,E,Lk,S,W
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Content last updated: Wednesday 6 July 2016

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 11.

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 30.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 207. (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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 29.

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

Roodt, V. (2011). Wild flowers, Waterplants and Grasses of the Okavango Delta and Kalahari "Did You Know" nature series Struik Nature for Veronica Roodt Publications Page 45. (Includes a picture).

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

van der Walt, R. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Limpopo Valley Retha van der Walt, Musina, South Africa Page 105. (Includes a picture).

Wild, H. (1980). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca area, 12. Inuleae (continued). Kirkia 12(1) Pages 48 - 50.

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Flora of Botswana: Calostephane divaricata
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Calostephane divaricata
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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: Calostephane divaricata., retrieved 14 June 2024

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