Description of the genus
Inflorescence of terminal capitula with 1-several rows of bracts. Involucel cylindric, 8-furrowed, expanded above into a membranous, many veined, spreading corona. Calyx with 5 persistent bristles spreading in fruit. Corolla of 5 unequal lobes (rarely 4-6), those of the outer often longer than the inner.
Worldwide: 80 species in Eurasia, the Mediterranean, E African mountains and southern Africa
Other sources of information about Scabiosa:Flora of Zimbabwe
: cultivated Scabiosa pageFlora of Mozambique
(electronic Plant Information Center): ScabiosaFlora Zambesiaca
web site: ScabiosaGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for ScabiosaIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): ScabiosaKew Herbarium catalogue
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings, 2002-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. & Ballings, P.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Scabiosa.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1431, retrieved 24 May 2013