Macledium plantaginifolium (O.Hoffm.) S.Ortiz

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Macledium plantaginifolium

Mazabuka; Aug 2014.
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Macledium plantaginifolium

Mazabuka; Oct 2014.
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Macledium plantaginifolium

Lusaka SE
Oct 2008
Photo: Mike Bingham

Macledium plantaginifolium

Lusaka SE
Oct 2008
Photo: Mike Bingham

Macledium plantaginifolium

Seed dispersed; Mazabuka; Oct 2014.
Photo: Noleen Parsons

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Synonyms: Dicoma nana Welw. ex Hiern
Dicoma plantaginifolia O. Hoffm.
Dicoma pygmaea Hutch.
Dicoma quinquenervia sensu F.C. Wilson p.p. non Baker
Common names:
Status: Native
A perennial herb, usually acaulescent, occasionally developing a short aerial stem. Leaves few to numerous, prostrate, discolorous, up to 20 × 12 cm. Capitula subsessile, solitary or up to 7 clustered in the leaf rosette or before the leaves appear. The outer phyllaries (bracts) stiff and sharply pointed, greenish or straw coloured. Corollas yellowish, green or brownish, usually with purplish lobes.
Type location:
Notes: Flowering and fruiting during the late dry season.
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Habitat: A pyrophyte of miombo woodland and (sub) montane grassland.
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Worldwide distribution: DRC, Burundi, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Angola.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C,E,S
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Cb,N,C,Lk,S
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Content last updated: Friday 7 November 2014

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 91. as Dicoma plantaginifolia

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 29. as Dicoma plantaginifolia

Pope, G.V. (1992). Compositae Flora Zambesiaca 6(1) Page 34. As Dicoma plantaginifolia

Wild, H. (1972). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca area. 3. Mutisieae. Kirkia 8(2) Page 180. as Dicoma platagifolia

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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: Macledium plantaginifolium., retrieved 5 March 2024

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