Launaea nana (Baker) Chiov.

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Launaea nana

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Cleveland Dam, Harare

Launaea nana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Railway crossing at entrance rd to Lake Chivero RP

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Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Perennial herb. This species is easily distinguished from the closely related Launaea rarifolia by the much greater number of ligulate florets (20-25 per capitulum). There are no leaves present at the time of flowering.
Derivation of specific name: nana: dwarf
Habitat: In grassland and open miombo woodland, typically appearing and flowering after fire.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Aug - Sep
Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
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Endemic status:
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Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Pages 218 - 219. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 101.

Pope, G.V. (1992). Compositae Flora Zambesiaca 6(1) Pages 216 - 217. (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: Launaea nana., retrieved 25 April 2017

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