Afrocarum imbricatum (Schinz) Rauschert

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Afrocarum imbricatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
By Circular Drive, Nyanga NP

Afrocarum imbricatum

Photo: Bart Wursten
By Circular Drive, Nyanga NP

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Synonyms: Baumiella imbricata (Schinz) H.Wolff
Bunium imbricatum (Schinz) Drude
Carum imbricatum Schinz
Pimpinella imbricata (Schinz) Engl.
Common names:
Status: Native
Hairless perennial herb up to 1 m tall, growing from a creeping rhizome with tuberous nodules. Stems hollow, finely grooved, mostly unbranched below the inflorescence. Leaves pinnate up to 35 cm long; leaflets stiff and somewhat leathery, angled and overlapping like louvered slats, particularly in young leaves, irregularly ovate; margin thick and hardened with strongly developed teeth. Inflorescences sparsely branched with compound umbels with up to 25 rays; bracts numerous, linear-lanceolate, up to 10 mm long. Subumbels 10-25-flowered, greenish-white to yellow. Fruit slightly compressed, conspicuously ribbed.
Derivation of specific name: imbricata, overlapping, imbricate, referring to the leaflets.
Habitat: In bogs, marshes, grassland and woodland.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: C,E
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Images last updated: Monday 27 July 2015

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 61. (Includes a picture).

Cannon, J.F.M. (1978). Apiaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 595 - 598. as Baumiella imbricata (Includes a picture).

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 24. As Baumiella imbricata

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 17.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 23.

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Flora of Malawi: Afrocarum imbricatum
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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: Afrocarum imbricatum., retrieved 8 June 2023

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