Cephalaria integrifolia Napper

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Cephalaria integrifolia

Picture: Bart Wursten
Main road from Thazima Gate before connection with Zambia border, Nyika National Park.

Cephalaria integrifolia

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road, Nyika National Park

Cephalaria integrifolia

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road, Nyika National Park

Cephalaria integrifolia

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperekeza road, Nyika National Park

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Status: Native
A perennial herb, up to 1.5 m tall, growing from rhizomes. Lower stem thick and woody, upper hollow, simple or sparingly branched, with 4 ridges. Basal leaves elongate, linear lanceolate, hairless or rarely slightly setose; margin entire or toothed. Upper stem leaves entire or more rarely pinnatipartite, hairless. Capitula globose, up to 30 mm in diameter with flowers. Involucral bracts blackish, ovate–lanceolate with short adpressed hairs. Receptacle bracts dark tipped, long acuminate or cuspidate with a long spinous tip, hairy except at the tip. Involucel hairy, corona of 4 long teeth, densely hairy. Corolla white, calyx hairy.
Type location:
Notes: FZ: "A specimen at Kew - Milne-Redhead 864 - 10.viii.1930 from Mwinilunga District of Zambia (W) appears to be intermediate between C.integrifolia Napper and C.retrosetosa Engl. & Gilg from Angola. It differs from C.retrosetosa in having long attenuate to cuspidate receptacle bracts, and from C.integrifolia in its dense pubescence."
Derivation of specific name: integrifolia: with entire leaves, although the basal leaves can also have toothed margins.
Habitat: In grassland.
Altitude range: 1550 - 2150 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): E
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Content last updated: Wednesday 19 September 2018

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 138. (Includes a picture).

Cannon, M.J. & J.F.M. (1983). Dipsacaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(1) Pages 79 - 80. (Includes a picture).

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 52.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 45.

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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Cephalaria integrifolia
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Cephalaria integrifolia.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=174600, retrieved 27 September 2023

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