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

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 27 June 2017

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