Achyranthes aspera L.
var. pubescens (Moq.) C.C. Towns.

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Achyranthes aspera var. pubescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bridge on Borrowdale Common

Achyranthes aspera var. pubescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Bridge on Borrowdale Common

Achyranthes aspera var. pubescens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Moth Landing Site, Lake Chivero

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Common names: Burweed (English) Chaff-flower (English)
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Probably introduced
Stout perennial herb. Leaves oblong-elliptic, pointed at the apex, variably hairless or hairy but not appressed silvery hairy beneath. Inflorescences up to 35 cm long; flowers with perianth segments 4-7 mm long, greenish to purple-red.
Notes: Var. pubescens is a more robust plant with larger and more colourful flowers than var. sicula, a slender scrambling herb with silvery undersides to the undersurface of the young leaves.
Derivation of specific name: aspera: rough
Habitat: Widespread weed of disturbed and cultivated areas but also in understorey of forest, woodland and grassland, on floodplains and termite mounds.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 1500 m
Flowering time:Oct - May
Worldwide distribution: Pantropical and subtropical with its origins uncertain.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 78 - 79. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 56. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 2.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 2.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 150. (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 15.

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 20. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 20.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 36.

Timberlake, J.R. & Childes, S.L. (2004). Biodiversity of the Four Corners Area: Technical Reviews Volume Two (Chapter 5-15) Appendix 5-1: Plant Checklist Occasional Publications in Biodiversity 15 Page 195. as Achyranthes aspera

Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Dowsett-Lemaire, F., Congdon, C., Branch, B., Collins, S., Curran, M., Dowsett, R,J., Fishpool, L., Francisco, J., Harris, Kopp, M. & de Sousa, C. (2012). Mt Mabu, Mozambique: Biodiversity and Conservation Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, London Page 72.

Townsend, C.C. (1988). Amaranthaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(1) Pages 106 - 109. (Includes a picture).

Wild, H. (1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 25. as Achyranthes aspera (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Achyranthes aspera var. pubescens
Flora of Caprivi: Achyranthes aspera var. pubescens
Flora of Malawi: Achyranthes aspera var. pubescens
Flora of Mozambique: Achyranthes aspera var. pubescens
Flora of Zambia: Achyranthes aspera var. pubescens

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Achyranthes aspera
African Plant Database: Achyranthes aspera
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Achyranthes aspera
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Wikipedia: Achyranthes aspera

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: Achyranthes aspera var. pubescens., retrieved 24 May 2024

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