Gnidia microcephala Meisn.

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Gnidia microcephala

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chakoma, NE of Harare

Gnidia microcephala

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chakoma, NE of Harare

Gnidia microcephala

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haka Game Park

Gnidia microcephala

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haka Game Park

Gnidia microcephala

Photo: Bart Wursten
Haka Game Park

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Synonyms: Arthrosolen microcephalus (Meisn.) E. Phillips
Arthrosolen pimeleoides Meisn.
Gnidia phyllodinea S. Moore
Gnidia thomsonii H. Pearson
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb, 15-45 cm tall, growing from a woody rhizome. Stems one to many, slender, mostly unbranched, pale green, hairless. Leaves alternate, (sub)sessile, 10-18(25) mm long, linear to narrowly elliptic, grey-green, hairless; margin sometimes inrolled. Inflorescence a terminal head, 5-50-flowered, sometimes overtopped by the the upper leaves. Flowers 4-merous, 5-14 mm long, dull yellow to orange-red.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: microcephala: with small heads
Habitat: In miombo woodland and grassland, which are regularly burned.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 2300 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Swaziland and Limpopo, North-West, Gauteng, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Friday 9 October 2015
Literature:

Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 18.

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 80. also as Gnidia phyllodinea

Peterson, B. (updated by Verdcourt, B.) (2006). Thymelaeaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) Pages 99 - 100.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 108.


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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 microcephala.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=141310, retrieved 21 October 2017

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