Achyranthes aspera L.
var. pubescens (Moq.) C.C. Towns.

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Achyranthes aspera var. pubescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bridge on Borrowdale Common

Achyranthes aspera var. pubescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bridge on Borrowdale Common

Achyranthes aspera var. pubescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Moth Landing Site, Lake Chivero

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Common names: Burweed (English) Chaff-flower (English)
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Probably introduced
Stout perennial herb. Var. pubescens is a more robust plant with larger and more colourful flowers than var. sicula, a slender scrambling herb with silvery undersides to the undersurface of the young leaves.
Notes: Typically, var. pubescens can be immediately separated from var. sicula by its much stouter inflorescences, which are also much more strongly coloured. It is a much rarer plant than var. sicula.
Derivation of specific name: aspera: rough
Habitat: Widespread weed of disturbed and cultivated areas.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1500 m
Flowering time:Oct - May
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 78 - 79. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 56. (Includes a picture).

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 150. (Includes a picture).

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 20. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 20.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 36.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 195. as Achyranthes aspera

Townsend, C.C. (1988). Amaranthaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(1) Pages 106 - 109. (Includes a picture).

Wild, H. (undated, c. 1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds ?Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 25. as Achyranthes aspera (Includes a picture).


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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: Achyranthes aspera var. pubescens., retrieved 28 October 2016

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