Ageratum houstonianum Mill

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Ageratum houstonianum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Vumba Rd, nr Mountain Lodge

Ageratum houstonianum

Photo: Bart Wursten
By road from Swynnerton Memorial to main road, Chirinda Forest

Ageratum houstonianum

Photo: Mark Hyde
By Mukuvisi River, Mukuvisi Woodlands, Harare

Ageratum houstonianum

Photo: Mark Hyde
By Mukuvisi River, Mukuvisi Woodlands, Harare

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Synonyms: Ageratum conyzoides L. subsp. houstonianum (Mill.) Sahu
Ageratum mexicanum Sims
Common names: Floss flower (English)
Description: Annual herb, 10-60 cm. Leaves: base usually cordate. Florets purple, occasionally pale lilac to white. Phyllaries 4-5 mm, linear-lanceolate, attenuate, entire, ciliate, the back densely glandular-hairy. Style arms exserted 2 mm or more from corolla tube.
Notes: A. houstonianum is a more garden-worthy plant than A. conyzoides, with larger and more strongly coloured capitula. Although it is generally easy to separate these two species from general appearance, it is not so easy to devise reliable and unambiguous key characters.
Derivation of specific name:
Flowering time:Oct - May
Worldwide distribution: Native of Mexico but also a pantropical weed.
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Insects associated with this species: Hypolimnas misippus (Food plant)
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Image last updated: Saturday 24 September 2005

Beentje, H.J. & Ghazanfar, S.A. (eds.) (2005). Compositae (Part 3) Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 828 - 832. (Includes a picture).

Fabian, A. & Germishuizen, G. (1997). Wild Flowers of Northern South Africa. Fernwood Press, Vlaeburg. Page 436. (Includes a picture).

Henderson, L. (2001). Alien weeds and invasive plants Plant Protection Research Institute Handbook No. 12. Plant Protection Research Institute, Agricultural Research Council, South Africa. Page 39. (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. & Timberlake, J. (eds) (2004). A checklist of Zimbabwean vascular plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 33 Sabonet, Pretoria and Harare Page 23.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Page 498. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Ageratum houstonianum
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Ageratum houstonianum

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Ageratum houstonianum
African Plant Database: Ageratum houstonianum
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Ageratum houstonianum
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated Plants: Species information: Ageratum houstonianum., retrieved 25 May 2024

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