Centaurea praecox Oliv. & Hiern

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Centaurea praecox

Flowering & fruiting capitula
Serenje, Chibobo
Oct 2000
Photo: Mike Bingham

Centaurea praecox

Flowering capitula
Mwaleshi bridge
Aug 2009
Photo: Mike Bingham

Centaurea praecox

Flowering capitula
Mwaleshi bridge
Aug 2009
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Status: Native
A low growing herb with stems arising from a large branched, soft-woody rootstock. Leaves subsessile, mostly 3-4 × 0.5-1.4 cm. Capitula appearing before or with the new foliage, 1-many, borne just above ground level, solitary and terminal on short stalks.
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Habitat: Miombo woodland
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Worldwide distribution: Zambia, D. R. Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe; widespread in West and East Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,N,Mc,C
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Content last updated: Wednesday 3 August 2016

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

Pope, G.V. (1992). Compositae Flora Zambesiaca 6(1) Pages 54 - 55. (Includes a picture).

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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: Centaurea praecox.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=161860, retrieved 22 April 2024

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