Eriocaulon matopense Rendle

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Synonyms: Eriocaulon dehniae H.E. Hess
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial herb. Stems 2-20, up to 30 cm high, 5-7-ribbed. Leaves many in a basal tuft, erect, linear, 2-6 cm long. Capitula hemispherical to dome-shaped, 4.5-6.5 mm wide, pale creamy-grey; involucral bracts straw-coloured to golden.
Derivation of specific name: matopense: of the Matobo (Matopos) Hills, South of Bulawayo, where the type was collected
Habitat: Found in marshy ground and in shallow water of streams
Altitude range: (metres) 1500 m (approx)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Confined to Zimbabwe, on the Central Watershed from Matobo to Nyanga.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,C,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Endemic
Red data list status: Data deficient
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Images last updated: Monday 5 June 2006

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

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 179.

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 127.

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 57 - 58.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Eriocaulon matopense
African Plant Database: Eriocaulon matopense
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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: Species information: Eriocaulon matopense., retrieved 25 June 2024

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