Vernonia purpurea Sch. Bip. ex Walp.

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Vernonia purpurea

Protea Hill Farm
Apr 1991
Photo: Mike Bingham

Vernonia purpurea

Open miombo woodland;
Chileba Village;
Apr 1992
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Nothovernonia purpurea (Sch. Bip. ex Walp.) H. Rob. & V.A. Funk
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Frequency: Widespread
Status: Native
An erect perennial herb from a small woody rootstock with fibrous roots. Leaves scabrid, subsessile 4-15 x 0.3-4.5 cm. oblong-elliptic to narrowly ovate, or narrowly oblong to linear-lanceolate. Capitula few to numerous in a leafy terminal corymbiform cyme up to c. 40 cm. long. Capitula subtended at the base by leafy bracts overtopping the involucre. Corolla purple.
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Notes: Conservation status: widespread, not threatened
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Worldwide distribution: Throughout tropical Africa.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,Mc,E,C,Lk,S
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Content last updated: Tuesday 5 July 2016

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 109 - 110.

Wild, H. (1978). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca area. 8. Vernonieae (Vernonia). Kirkia 11(1) Page 91.

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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: Vernonia purpurea., retrieved 23 September 2023

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