Physotrichia heracleoides H.Wolff

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Physotrichia heracleoides

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperepeza road, Nyika National Park

Physotrichia heracleoides

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperepeza road, Nyika National Park

Physotrichia heracleoides

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperepeza road, Nyika National Park

Physotrichia heracleoides

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperepeza road, Nyika National Park

Physotrichia heracleoides

Picture: Bart Wursten
Kaperepeza road, Nyika National Park

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Status: Native
Description:
Robust to wiry biennial or perennial herbs up to 80 cm high, growing from a woody rootstock. stems coarsely grooved with scattered short bristly hairs. Leaves mostly basal, simple or sometimes completely divided, with 3–5 broadly rounded subpalmate lobes or leaflets up to 15 cm long and 20 cm wide; apex often emarginate, base cordate; margins fairly finely toothed; petioles up to 20 cm long, somewhat sheathing at the base. Umbels terminal and lateral on long peduncles; bracts and bracteoles very well developed and often conspicuous, linear to narrowly lanceolate, up to 2·5 cm long. Calyx teeth well developed, narrowly triangular to subulate; petals white to pale cream. Fruit ellipsoid to ovoid, 3-5 mm long, slightly dorsiventrally compressed, covered with hairs especially on the ribs.
Type location:
DRC
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: heracleoides: resembling Heracleum, a genus in Apiaceae, found in northern temperate regions.
Habitat: In open Brachystegia woodland, drier grassland and rocky on outcrops.
Altitude range: 1500 - 2150 m
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Worldwide distribution: DRC, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,E
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Mc
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Content last updated: Monday 22 April 2019
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 65. (Includes a picture).

Cannon, J.F.M. (1978). Apiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 603 - 605. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Physotrichia heracleoides
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Physotrichia heracleoides
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Physotrichia heracleoides
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Physotrichia heracleoides
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Physotrichia heracleoides
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Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-21

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2021). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Physotrichia heracleoides.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=192580, retrieved 20 October 2021

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