Sphaeranthus gazaensis Bremek.

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Sphaeranthus gazaensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path to Danger Point, Victoria Falls NP

Sphaeranthus gazaensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path to Danger Point, Victoria Falls NP

Sphaeranthus gazaensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path to Danger Point, Victoria Falls NP

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Status: Native
Sprawling or suberect herb, up to 75 cm, branching from the base. Branches with long hairs, distinctly winged, 1-3mm wide, entire or spinulose-dentate, particularly along the upper parts of stems and branches. Leaves up to c. 6 cm long, with long hairs and sessile glands on both surfaces; base decurrent into the wings; margin spinulose-dentate. Glomerules on long haiy and glandular peduncles, terminal or in the upper leaf axils, usually ellipsoid when mature.
Notes: The specimens from Victoria Falls appear to be less conspicuously spinulose-dentate than material from elsewhere. It has been suggested that this might represent an intermediate form between S. angolensis and S. gazaensis (Wild in Kirkia 12-1 p 101, 1980)
Derivation of specific name: gazaensis: of Gazaland, a historic name for Southern Mozambique.
Habitat: In wet grassland.
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Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Madagascar.
Zimbabwe distribution: W
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Images last updated: Wednesday 12 September 2007


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Sphaeranthus gazaensis
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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: Sphaeranthus gazaensis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=159280, retrieved 26 May 2016

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