Sonchus asper (L.) Hill
subsp. asper

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Sonchus asper subsp. asper

Picture: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park Nature Reserve

Sonchus asper subsp. asper

Picture: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park Nature Reserve

Sonchus asper subsp. asper

Picture: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park Nature Reserve

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Synonyms: Sonchus gigas Humbert
Sonchus oleraceus L. var. asper L.
Common names:
Robust, erect annual or perennial herb, 20-200 cm tall. Stems solitary, branching near the inflorescence, hollow, ribbed to angular, mostly hairless, sometimes glandular hairy above. Leaves with basal lobes conspicuously clasping the stem, more or less oblanceolate in outline, hairless, more or less glaucous; margins with irregular, sometimes lobe-like, spine-tipped teeth. Capitula stalked, forming corymbose clusters. Involucre often swollen at the base. Florets numerous, yellow, with rays up to 4 mm long.
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Derivation of specific name: asper: rough
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Africa, Eurasia and Madagascar
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): B,N,W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Lk
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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. Also as Sonchus gigas

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 40. (Includes a picture).

Pope, G.V. (1992). Compositae Flora Zambesiaca 6(1) Pages 225 - 229. As Sonchus asper (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 38.

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Flora of Botswana: Sonchus asper subsp. asper
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Sonchus asper
African Plant Database: Sonchus asper
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Sonchus asper
Plants of the World Online: Sonchus asper
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Wikipedia: Sonchus asper

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: Sonchus asper subsp. asper., retrieved 1 March 2024

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