Pleiotaxis pulcherrima Steetz

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Pleiotaxis pulcherrima

Picture: Tomas Buruwate
Airstrip, Niassa Game Reserve.

Pleiotaxis pulcherrima

Picture: Tomas Buruwate
Airstrip, Niassa Game Reserve.

Pleiotaxis pulcherrima

Picture: Tomas Buruwate
Airstrip, Niassa Game Reserve.

Pleiotaxis pulcherrima

Picture: Tomas Buruwate
Airstrip, Niassa Game Reserve.

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Synonyms: Pleiotaxis latisquama S. Moore
Pleiotaxis pulcherrima Steetz var. poggeana O. Hoffm.
Pleiotaxis sapinii S. Moore
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Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Erect suffrutex perennial with 1-several, mostly simple, annual stems, 20-180 cm tall, growing from a strong woody rootstock. Leaves alternate, lanceolate-elliptic, 6-24 cm long, discolorous, green and hairless above, whitish woolly beneath; midrib winged and somewhat sheathing the stems at the base. Capitula solitary, terminal, occasionally 2-4 on stout stalks or sometimes subsessile in upper leaf axils. Involucres 20-35 mm long with numerous leathery bracts; florets numerous, up to 25 mm long, bright to deep red.
Type location:
Syntypes from Mozambique
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: pulcherrima: very beautiful.
Habitat: Miombo woodland and grassland, in sansy soils or on rocky hillsides.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Burundi, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Cb,N,E,C
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Content last updated: Friday 27 February 2015
Literature:

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 168 - 169. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 103. (Includes a picture).

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

Pope, G.V. (1992). Compositae Flora Zambesiaca 6(1) Pages 12 - 14. (Includes a picture).

Wild, H. (1972). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca area. 3. Mutisieae. Kirkia 8(2) Pages 197 - 198.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Pleiotaxis pulcherrima
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Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Pleiotaxis pulcherrima
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Pleiotaxis pulcherrima
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pleiotaxis pulcherrima
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Tropicos: Pleiotaxis pulcherrima


Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Pleiotaxis pulcherrima.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=169960, retrieved 22 July 2019

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