Collections made by Brian Best

Records: 22

The following is a list of the records made by Brian Best in species name order. The records are of species which occur in Zambia (either as a native/naturalised species or as a cultivated species).

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NoSpeciesRecord dateRecorder(s)Coll.Det.Conf.HerbariaHabitatLocationLoc code Outing codePlanted code Country QDSGrid ref.FZ DivAlt. (m)NotesLatLongLoc Acc Code
80710Acacia amythethophylla11 Feb 1963EB Best
EB Best 367 RE Gereau MO
Lusaka, near where stream crosses Great East Road below Roma turn-off.0Zambia1528A4C1250

Small much branched tree to ca. 5 ft. with dense foliage. Branches straight suberect.

53236Actiniopteris dimorpha subsp. dimorpha08 Feb 1976EB Best
EB Best 1280 SRGH
In wet soil pockets in rock crevices where water seepageMkooi Gorge farm, Makoni district.0Zimbabwe1832A4C1800

Small gregarious perennial herb having divided leaves on erect stalk +/- 0.1 m.

5461Alepidea peduncularis27 Nov 1983EB Best
EB Best 2065 SRGH
Open grasslandMutema CL, Chipinge District0Zimbabwe1932D3VN555912E1615

Herb with erect flowering stems to c. 30 cm from basal rosette of leaves. Flowers white.

28495Aristolochia heppii09 Feb 1984EB Best
EB Best 2096 Mukuvisi Woodland1,20Zimbabwe1731C3C0

24149Aspidoglossum interruptum14 Jan 1983EB Best
EB Best 1955 SRGH
Mukuvisi Woodland, Blatherwick Avenue end1,20Zimbabwe1731C3C

81445Combretum molle07 Oct 1960EB Best
EB Best 239 Woodlands, garden in former Brachystegia woodland.Lusaka, woodlands, garden in former Brachystegia woodland.0Zambia1528A4C1310

Tree to about 40' branching at about 10-12' DBH=11'. Bark brown/grey, slash yellow. Flowers yellow. Ripe fruits brown.

84562Crotalaria glauca14 Jan 1983EB Best
EB Best 1950 SRGH
Blatherwick Road end, Mukuvisi Woodland1,20Zimbabwe1731C3C0

21503Erianthemum virescens13 Dec 1983EB Best
EB Best 2085 SRGH
In carpark, Mukuvisi Woodlands1,20Zimbabwe1731C3C1472

Parasite on Melia azedarach. Flowers pale green.

82217Euclea schimperi21 Apr 1960EB Best
EB Best 315 Woodlands, somewhat disturbed by fire and cutting. Gloucester Road, woodlands of Lusaka.0ZambiaC1280

Bush, 6 feet high. Evergreen. Leaves pale green below would make a good hedge plant.

82427Gomphocarpus fruticosus subsp. rostratus10 Aug 1961EB Best
EB Best 292 DJ Goyder Polder wall - soil black clay. Full sun. Well drained.Kafue Pilot Polder0Zambia1527D4S914

Large woody herb or shrub to 15 feet. Flowers white or pale greenish white. Stem exuding milky juice on wounding. Locally frequent. Fruit opening to expose long silky awns of seeds.

74852Helichrysum mechowianum var. ceres19 Jan 1976EB Best
EB Best 1258 SRGH
Omasu Farm, Makoni0Zimbabwe1832A4C1700

Cited in Wild 1980: 42, Draft Revision Helichrysum for Flora Zambesiaca.

106622Hypoxis filiformis29 Sep 1981EB Best
EB Best 1713 SRGH
In burnt vlei grassland amongst new grass growthMukuvisi Woodland1,20Zimbabwe1731C3 C0

Flowers yellow

22960Ipomoea welwitschii09 Feb 1984EB Best
EB Best 2091 SRGH
Mukuvisi Woodlands1,20Zimbabwe1731C3C

24146Laurembergia repens subsp. brachypoda14 Jan 1983EB Best
EB Best 1951 SRGH
Mukuvisi Woodland, Blatherwick Avenue end1,20Zimbabwe1731C3C

74573Linderniella wilmsii26 Jan 1982EB Best
EB Best 1860 SRGH
In shallow stony soil on flat rock in full sun.Mukuvisi Woodland, Harare1,20Zimbabwe1731C3C1472

Small erect herb with striking blue and white flowers and plum-coloured stem and leaves.

74583Micromeria imbricata var. imbricata18 Dec 1981EB Best
EB Best 1840 SRGH
Open woodland in shade of tree.Mukuvisi Woodland, Harare1,20Zimbabwe1731C3C1472

Woody herb with many very erect leafy stems and pale mauve-pink flowers.

106610Polygala petitiana subsp. petitiana var. petitiana08 Mar 1982EB Best
EB Best 1896 SRGH
Amongst grasses in damp placesChiraura vlei, Mukuvisi Woodland10Zimbabwe1731C3C1472

Erect herb to c. 0.75 m, unbranched. Flowers green with blue markings.

41882Selaginella dregei17 Mar 1984EB Best
EB Best 2108 SRGH
Shallow soil on flat rock, full sun Twentydales, J.Jones' garden fronting Ruwa river, Harare0Zimbabwe1731C3C1500

84587Sesbania microphylla08 Mar 1982EB Best
EB Best 1904 SRGH
Chiraura vlei, Mukuvisi Woodland1,20Zimbabwe1731C3C0

116655Sonchus schweinfurthii08 Mar 1982EB Best
EB Best 1884 SRGH
Chiraura vlei, Mukuvisi Woodland1,20Zimbabwe1731C3C0

24147Steganotaenia araliacea var. araliacea04 Apr 1983EB Best
EB Best 2014 SRGH
Mukuvisi Woodland1,20Zimbabwe1731C3C

106623Walleria nutans18 Dec 1983EB Best
EB Best 2087 SRGH
Woodland on steep slopeCraighill0Zimbabwe1731C2 C0

Perennial herb with annual stems. Flowers white.


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: Collections made by Brian Best., retrieved 21 March 2023

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