Sigesbeckia orientalis L.

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Sigesbeckia orientalis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Cloudlands, Vumba.

Sigesbeckia orientalis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Cloudlands, Vumba.

Sigesbeckia orientalis

Picture: Bart Wursten
Cloudlands, Vumba.

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Synonyms: Minyranthes heterophylla Turcz.
Sigesbeckia caspica Fisch. & C.A.Mey.
Sigesbeckia gracilis DC.
Sigesbeckia humilis Koidz.
Sigesbeckia iberica Willd.
Common names:
Status: Native
Erect, annual herb up to 1 m high.Leaves opposite, narrowly to broadly ovate, up to 17 cm long, thinly textured, pubescent on both surfaces and with minute gland-dots beneath, leaf base running down the petiole; margin coarsely and irregularly serrate-crenate; petiole up to 10 cm long, pubescent. Inflorescence a lax leafy panicle,up to 30 cm in diameter with ultimate branches slender. up to 1 cm long. Capitula c. 1 cm in diameter; involucral bracts 3-5, linear-spathulate, 3-7 mm long, covered with sticky glands and simple hairs. Florets yellow; ray-florets with a limb c. 1.3 mm long, spreading, 3-fid. Achenes obovoid-oblong, c. 2.7 mm long,curved, more or less 4-sided, blackish, glandular puberulent.
Type location:
Derivation of specific name: orientalis: oriental, eastern
Habitat: Along forest margins and as a weed of cultivation in high rainfall areas.
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in old World tropics and subtropics.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N
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Beentje, H.J. & Ghazanfar, S.A. (eds.) (2005). Compositae (Part 3) Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 777 - 778. (Includes a picture).

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 146.

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 28.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 33.

Wild, H. (1967). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca area. 1. Heliantheae. Kirkia 6(1) Pages 36 - 37.

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Sigesbeckia orientalis
Flora of Malawi: Sigesbeckia orientalis
Flora of Mozambique: Sigesbeckia orientalis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Sigesbeckia orientalis

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Sigesbeckia orientalis
African Plant Database: Sigesbeckia orientalis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Sigesbeckia orientalis
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JSTOR Plant Science: Sigesbeckia orientalis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Sigesbeckia orientalis
Plants of the World Online: Sigesbeckia orientalis
Tropicos: Sigesbeckia orientalis
Wikipedia: Sigesbeckia orientalis

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: Sigesbeckia orientalis., retrieved 27 September 2023

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