Leucosphaera bainesii (Hook. f.) Gilg

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Leucosphaera bainesii

Photo: Brian Rode
Deception Valley, Central Kalahari

Leucosphaera bainesii

Photo: Brian Rode
Deception Valley, Central Kalahari

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Synonyms: Leucosphaera pfeilii Gilg
Marcellia bainesii (Hook. f.) C.B. Clarke
Sericocoma bainesii Hook. f.
Sericocomopsis bainesii (Hook. f.) Schinz
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Status: Native
Much-branched dwarf shrublet, up to 45 cm high, young parts densely greyish hairy. Leaves narrowly to broadly elliptic, lanceolate or ovate, 1-4 cm long, densely covered in appressed whitish hairs on both surfaces; petiole 2-5 mm long. Inflorescences hemispherical to spherical in fruit, 1.5-2 cm in diameter; bracts and bracteoles ending in plumose aristae.
Derivation of specific name: bainesii: after Thomas Baines (1820-75), artist and naturalist
Habitat: In sandy or loamy soils near and in pans in Acacia scrub, on alluvial floodplains and in overgrazed areas.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: S
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Images last updated: Monday 19 October 2015

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 72 - 74. (Includes a picture).

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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: Leucosphaera bainesii.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=122370, retrieved 21 February 2024

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