Hirpicium gracile (O. Hoffm.) Roessler

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Hirpicium gracile

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Cleveland Dam

Hirpicium gracile

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam

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Synonyms: Berkheya gracilis O. Hoffm.
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Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Slender, wiry, annual herb, 10 - 90 cm. Leaves linear, becoming bract-like on the upper stems and branches; margin ciliate with small bristles. Capitula terminal with scale-like bristles. Ray and disk-florets yellow, usually shorter than the phyllaries.
Derivation of specific name: gracile: graceful, slender
Habitat: Occurring in shallow soils over rock in woodland and short grassland. Also along roadsides.
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Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Pope, G.V. (1992). Compositae Flora Zambesiaca 6(1) Page 251.

Roessler, H. (1975). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca Area, 5 Subtribe Gorteriinae. Kirkia 10(1) Pages 93 - 94.


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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: Hirpicium gracile.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=161780, retrieved 29 June 2016

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