Galinsoga parviflora Cav.

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Galinsoga parviflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Galinsoga parviflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Galinsoga parviflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Common names: Chickweed (English) Gallant soldier (English) Kew weed (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Introduced
Annual herb to 60 cm. Leaves: petiole up to 1.5 cm; lamina up to 6 × 3.5 cm, ovate, hispidulous or glabrescent; margin subentire to crenate. Peduncle hairs usually short, appressed-ascending, intermingled with a few short glandular hairs. Capitula c.5 mm in diameter. Receptacular scales c.2.3 mm, usually 3-fid. Achenes c.2 mm, puberulent, black. Pappus of very narrowly ovate, ciliate-fimbriate scales, without a terminal projection.
Derivation of specific name: parviflora: small-flowered
Habitat: In disturbed ground, such as gardens, roadsides, stream sides and in woodland.
Altitude range: (metres) 1370 - 1660 m
Flowering time:Sep - May
Worldwide distribution: Native of South America, but well naturalised in tropical, subtropical and even temperate areas of the world.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 93. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 33.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 53.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 199.

Wild, H. (1967). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca area. 1. Heliantheae. Kirkia 6(1) Pages 9 - 10.

Wild, H. (undated, c. 1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds ?Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 70. (Includes a picture).


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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: Galinsoga parviflora., retrieved 31 March 2017

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