Sonchus schweinfurthii Oliv. & Hiern

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Sonchus schweinfurthii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park Nature Reserve

Sonchus schweinfurthii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park Nature Reserve

Sonchus schweinfurthii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park Nature Reserve

Sonchus schweinfurthii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Small Bridge Dam

Sonchus schweinfurthii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Small Bridge Dam

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Synonyms: Sonchus bipontini Asch. var. pinnatifidus sensu Eyles
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Description:
Erect perennial herb, 1-1.5 m (rarely up to 2m). Stems solitary from a semi-woody taproot, branching near the inflorescence. Leaves clasping the stem, variously pinnately lobed, sometimes almost entire, glabrous, glaucous or even somewhat variegated; margins finely serrated. Capitula in small terminal clusters, sometimes solitary; inflorescence branches covered in brown woolly hairs. Florets numerous, yellow, without rays.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: schweinfurthii: named after Dr Georg August Schweinfurth (1836-1925), german botanical collector and taxonomist.
Habitat: In wet soil near dams, streams and rivers, in disturbed or cultivated ground and along roadsides.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Dec - Jan
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 107.

Pope, G.V. (1992). Compositae Flora Zambesiaca 6(1) Pages 224 - 226. (Includes a picture).


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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: Sonchus schweinfurthii.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=162180, retrieved 25 July 2016

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