Vernonia polysphaera Baker

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Vernonia polysphaera

Mabumba, Deriam
May 1990
Photo: Mike Bingham

Vernonia polysphaera

Hillside. Protea savanna
Jun 1995
Photo: Mike Bingham

Vernonia polysphaera

Kalumbila Copper Mine prospect
Apr 2012
Photo: Mike Bingham

Vernonia polysphaera

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Apr 2012
Photo: Lari Merrett

Vernonia polysphaera

Mutinondo Wilderness Area
Apr 2012
Photo: Lari Merrett

Vernonia polysphaera

Kalumbila mining concession
Apr 2016
Photo: Mike Bingham

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Synonyms: Cabobanthus polysphaerus (Baker) H. Rob. (1999)
Vernonia homblei De Wild. (1914)
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Frequency: Widespread
Status: Native
Perennial herb, erect, 45─120 cm. Stems annual. Leaves subsessile, concolorous, margin serrate to remotely subserrate, glabrous or nearly so. Capitula subsessile in clusters of (1)3-8, capitula-clusters numerous, sessile in the axils of upper stem and branch-leaves.
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Notes: Conservation Status: Widespread, Not threatened, Least concern.
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Habitat: Miombo woodland and wooded grassland.
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Worldwide distribution: Zambia, D.R. Congo, Tanzania & Malawi
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N,W,C
Zambian distribution (Provinces): Nw,Cb,Lp,N,Mc,C
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Content last updated: Friday 29 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) Page 121.

Wild, H. (1978). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca area. 8. Vernonieae (Vernonia). Kirkia 11(1) Page 117.

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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: Vernonia polysphaera., retrieved 26 June 2024

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