Centemopsis gracilenta (Hiern) Schinz

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Centemopsis gracilenta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rd to Nyangombe Falls, Nyanga Nat. Park

Centemopsis gracilenta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Rd to Nyangombe Falls, Nyanga Nat. Park

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Synonyms: Centema gracilenta Hiern
Centemopsis myurus Suesseng.
Psilotrichum gracilentum (Hiern) C.B. Clarke
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Erect annual herb or sometimes a short-lived perennial, growing up to 1.5 m tall. Stems wiry, ridged, hairless except for whitish hairs at the slightly swollen nodes. Leaves opposite, sessile, linear-filiform, up to 10 cm long, mostly hairless to sparsely hairy when young, sharply mucronate at the apex. Inflorescences in terminal spikes, bright red, pink, or whitish, up to 4 cm long in flower, elongating up to 20 cm in fruit.
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Habitat: It is most common on sandy soils in woodland but also occurs in grassland, on rocky hills and along roadsides.
Altitude range: (metres) 450 - 1700 m
Flowering time:Jan - May
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Literature:

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 78 - 79. (Includes a picture).

Townsend, C.C. (1988). Amaranthaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(1) Pages 75 - 76.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Centemopsis gracilenta.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=122280, retrieved 30 June 2016

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