Eriocaulon abyssinicum Hochst.

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Eriocaulon abyssinicum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Danger Point, Victoria Falls National Park

Eriocaulon abyssinicum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Danger Point, Victoria Falls National Park

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Synonyms: Eriocaulon ciliisepalum Rendle
Eriocaulon gilgianum Ruhland
Eriocaulon subulatum N.E. Br.
Common names:
Status: Native
Small tufted annual herb. Stems slender, 2-12 cm long, 3-4-ribbed. leaves few, up to 5 cm long, light green. Capitula spherical to ovoid, 2-3 mm wide, grey to blackish; involucral bracts usually paler.
Derivation of specific name: abyssinicum: of Abyssinia (previous name of Ethiopia)
Habitat: Occurring in shallow muddy soils overlying rock, often in the spray zone of waterfalls.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Tropical E Africa from Ethiopia to KZN, Nigeria.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C
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Images last updated: Sunday 31 January 2010

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 16.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 523. (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 90.

Phillips, S.M. (2010). Eriocaulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(4) Pages 54 - 55. (Includes a picture).

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Eriocaulon abyssinicum., retrieved 29 May 2023

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