Hirpicium gracile (O. Hoffm.) Roessler

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Hirpicium gracile

Lusaka, Jellis'farm
Mar 2009
Photo: Mike Bingham

Hirpicium gracile

Lusaka, Jellis'farm
Mar 2009
Photo: Mike Bingham

Hirpicium gracile

Lusaka, Jellis'farm
Mar 2009
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Berkheya gracilis O. Hoffm.
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Frequency: Widespread
A slender or somewhat bushy, wiry annual herb, 10-90 cm. tall. Stems whitish thinly-araneose and hispid with ascending brownish or purple ± flattened scale-like bristles up to 1 mm. long. Capitula terminal, or ± racemose on simple stems and the longer branches, or ± laxly clustered.
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Notes: Conservation status: widespread, least concern
Derivation of specific name: gracile: graceful, slender
Habitat: Sandy soils, rocky outcrops
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Worldwide distribution: Zambia, Angola, D.R.Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,N,C,Lk,S,W
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Content last updated: Tuesday 5 July 2016

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 21.

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

Pope, G.V. (1992). Compositae Flora Zambesiaca 6(1) Page 251.

Roessler, H. (1975). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca Area, 5 Subtribe Gorteriinae. Kirkia 10(1) Pages 93 - 94.

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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: Hirpicium gracile.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=161780, retrieved 26 February 2024

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