Vernonia oligocephala (DC.) Sch. Bip. ex Walp.

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Vernonia oligocephala

Photo: Bart Wursten
Goldenstairs Rd

Vernonia oligocephala

Photo: Bart Wursten
Goldenstairs Rd

Vernonia oligocephala

Photo: Bart Wursten
Goldenstairs Rd

Vernonia oligocephala

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lake Kyle Recreational Park

Vernonia oligocephala

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lake Kyle Recreational Park (with Belenois aurota)

Vernonia oligocephala

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lake Kyle Recreational Park

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Synonyms: Hilliardiella oligocephala (DC.) H. Rob.
Vernonia elaeagnoides (DC.) Sch. Bip.
Vernonia kraussii Sch. Bip. ex Walp.
Webbia elaeagnoides DC.
Common names:
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Description:
Erect, often tufted perennial herb, 30-80 cm. Stems 1-many, usually simple, occasionally branched, covered in greyish-white velvet. Leaves numerous along the stems, ovate to lanceolate or elliptic, up to c. 4 cm long greenish above, thinly velvety or almost hairless, densely silvery-grey velvety below, veining prominent; margin entire but wavy. Capitula in branched terminal heads, purple.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: oligocephala: with few heads
Habitat: In open and wooded grassland, usually appearing after fires.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Sep - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Botswana, DRC, Tanzania, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 15 July 2012
Literature:

Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Pages 204 - 205. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 304. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 39.


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African Plant Database: Vernonia oligocephala
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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Vernonia oligocephala
Tropicos: Vernonia oligocephala
West African Plants database: Vernonia oligocephala


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: Vernonia oligocephala.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=158470, retrieved 31 May 2016

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