Gnidia chrysantha (Solms ex Schweinf.) Gilg

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Gnidia chrysantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haka Game Park

Gnidia chrysantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haka Game Park

Gnidia chrysantha

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haka Game Park

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Synonyms: Arthrosolen chrysanthus Solms
Gnidia miniata R.E. Fr.
Common names:
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Perennial herb. Stems few to many, mostly unbranched, up to 80 cm, growing from a woody rhizome. Leaves alternate, erect, subsessile, elliptic, narrowly ovate or obovate, glaucous, glabrous. Inflorescence a terminal involucrate head, mostly 30-50-flowered. Flowers brilliant yellow to scarlet red. It is a typical pyrophyte, often flowering soon after the grass fires.
Derivation of specific name: chrysantha: golden-flowered
Habitat: In grassland, in the ecotone between woodland and grassland and along vlei margins.
Altitude range: (metres) 400 - 2000 m
Flowering time:Dec - Jan
Worldwide distribution: West Africa, DRC, Sudan and East Africa, south to Zimbabwe and Mozambique
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
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Images last updated: Saturday 23 September 2006

Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 74 - 75. (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 276.

Peterson, B. (updated by Verdcourt, B.) (2006). Thymelaeaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) Pages 102 - 103.


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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Gnidia chrysantha., retrieved 23 September 2017

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