Sericorema remotiflora (Hook. f.) Lopr.

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Sericorema remotiflora

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Northern Tuli Game Reserve between Lentswe Le Moriti and Talana Farms

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Synonyms: Pupalia remotiflora (Hook.) Moq.
Sericocoma remotiflora (Hook.) Hook. f.
Trichinium remotiflorum Hook.
Common names:
Status: Native
Bushy, perennial herb, up to 1 m tall with wiry branches; young branches green and woolly, soon becoming hairless and older branches brownish-yellow to purplish. Leaves often in clusters embedded in long woolly hairs, linear, subterete, 6-32 mm long, mostly hairless, sometimes somewhat woolly. Inflorescences much elongating up to 25 cm with widely separated flowers, white, dull yellow or greenish; tepals narrowly lanceolate, 8-10 mm long; stamens 6-7 mm long at anthesis, more or less equalling the perianth, white or pinkish; anthers very long and narrow, c. 4 mm long, exceeding the filaments. Fruiting partial inflorescences forming a fluffy ball c. 1.5-2 cm in diameter.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: On bare open ground, eroded grassland, open mopane woodland and other dry deciduous woodland and bushland.
Altitude range: (metres) 550 - 1100 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. Also recorded for Mozambique.
Zimbabwe distribution: W,E,S
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Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 18 October 2015

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 51.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 21.

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 16.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 22.

Townsend, C.C. (1988). Amaranthaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(1) Pages 67 - 69. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Sericorema remotiflora
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Sericorema remotiflora
African Plant Database: Sericorema remotiflora
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Sericorema remotiflora
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Sericorema remotiflora
Plants of the World Online: Sericorema remotiflora
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Wikipedia: Sericorema remotiflora

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: Sericorema remotiflora., retrieved 21 February 2024

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