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).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 112.

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

Pope, G.V. (1992). Compositae Flora Zambesiaca 6(1) Pages 96 - 98. (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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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 29 August 2016

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