Bidens acuticaulis Sherff
var. acuticaulis

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Bidens acuticaulis var. acuticaulis

Mutinondo Widerness Area, Mafone Camp: Junction of Mafone and Lodge road across Musamfushi river
May 2011
Photo: Lari Merrett

Bidens acuticaulis var. acuticaulis

Mutinondo Widerness Area, Mayense Camp: Along driveway at base of lodge rock
Apr 2012
Photo: Lari Merrett

Bidens acuticaulis var. acuticaulis

Two very local populations found
Lusaka East Forest Reserve
Apr 2003
Photo: Mike Bingham

Bidens acuticaulis var. acuticaulis

Mano Wildlife Camp
May 2007
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Bidens paupercula Sherff var. paupercula
Bidens paupercula Sherff
Common names:
Frequency: Not common though widespread
Status: Native
Annual herb up to 80 cm. tall. Leaves 3-foliolate or pinnate, the leaflets narrowly linear to filiform. Capitula solitary, terminal on long slender peduncles. Outer involucral bracts 4-9, often recurved or reflexed, linear, up to 8 mm. long. Ligule of ray-florets yellow, up to c. 1 cm. long (sometimes rudimentary or absent). Achenes dark brown, c. 2 cm. long, ± compressed, narrowly linear with a distinct beak.
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Notes: Recorded for Zambia in Phiri (2005).
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Habitat: Brachystegia woodland
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Worldwide distribution: Zambia, D. R. Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): E,Lk,S
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Content last updated: Monday 25 July 2016

Beentje, H.J. & Ghazanfar, S.A. (eds.) (2005). Compositae (Part 3) Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 802 - 803.

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 82. (Includes a picture).

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 28. as Bidens acuticaulis

Wild, H. (1967). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca area. 1. Heliantheae. Kirkia 6(1) Page 22. as Bidens paupercula var. paupercula

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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: Bidens acuticaulis var. acuticaulis., retrieved 13 June 2024

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