Senecio erubescens Aiton
var. erubescens

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Senecio erubescens var. erubescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Senecio erubescens var. erubescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Senecio erubescens var. erubescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Inside Great Enclosure, Great Zimbabwe

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Common names: Chirevereve (Shona) Chiribwiribwi (Shona) Marenge (Shona) Ragwort (English)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Erect unbranched herb, with annual stems growing from a woody rootstock. Leaves and stem covered in sticky glandular hairs. Capitula 1-few on long stalks. The capitula are unusual for the genus in that they consist only of disc florets and are purple in colour, resembling Crassocephalum or small Vernonia spp.
Notes: The leaves are cooked as spinach.
Derivation of specific name: erubescens: reddening, rose
Habitat: In seasonally wet grassland and marshes
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Sep - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Swaziland and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E,S
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Beentje, H.J. & Ghazanfar, S.A. (eds.) (2005). Compositae (Part 3) Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 667.

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 105.


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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: Senecio erubescens var. erubescens., retrieved 28 September 2016

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