Acanthospermum glabratum (DC.) Wild

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Acanthospermum glabratum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lake Chivero Recreational Park

Acanthospermum glabratum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lake Chivero Recreational Park

Acanthospermum glabratum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lake Chivero Recreational Park

Acanthospermum glabratum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lake Chivero Recreational Park

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Synonyms: Acanthospermum xanthoides (Kunth) DC. var. glabratum DC.
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Frequency:
Status: Introduced
Description:
Prostrate annual herb (or possibly short-lived perennial). Leaves elliptic to broadly ovate, 1-3 cm long, mostly hairless but gland-dotted; margin coarsely toothed. Capitula pedunculate, 5-7 mm in diameter when flowering, pale yellowish. Fertile achenes usually 4-5, each enclosed in an enlarged inner phyllary, forming an oblong-fusiform fruit, 8-10 mm long, covered with numerous hooked spines.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: glabratum: hairless
Habitat: Disturbed places, often on roadsides
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Native to South America. Introduced in southern USA and southern Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E
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Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Friday 22 January 2010
Literature:

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 30.

Wild, H. (1967). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca area. 1. Heliantheae. Kirkia 6(1) Pages 6 - 7.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Acanthospermum glabratum
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West African Plants database: Acanthospermum glabratum


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: Acanthospermum glabratum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=160270, retrieved 28 August 2016

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