Gutenbergia cordifolia Benth. ex Oliv.
var. marginata (O. Hoffm.) C. Jeffrey

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Gutenbergia cordifolia var. marginata

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Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Synonyms: Bothriocline marginata O. Hoffm.
Erlangea marginata (O. Hoffm.) S. Moore
Gutenbergia marginata (Oliv. & Hiern) Wild & G.V. Pope
Vernonia marginata Oliv. & Hiern
Common names:
Status: Native
Spreading perennial, branching subshrubby herb, up to 2.5 m tall. Mostly herbaceous but sometimes woody at the base. Leaves alternate, elliptic to ovate, up to 11 × 5 cm but mostly much smaller on the branches, somewhat grey-green above, covered in fine silvery-white appressed, short T-shaped hairs below; margin finely serrulate to almost entire. Capitula numerous in lax clusters. Involucral bracts bristly. Florets discoid, purple.
Derivation of specific name: cordifolia: with cordate (heart-shaped) leaves
Habitat: In submontane grassland and along the margins of riverine and evergreen forest.
Altitude range: (metres) 1300 - 1800 m
Flowering time:Apr - Jun
Worldwide distribution: (this variety) DRC, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
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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 25.

Pope, G.V. (1992). Compositae Flora Zambesiaca 6(1) Pages 153 - 155. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 53.

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Flora of Malawi: Gutenbergia cordifolia var. marginata
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Gutenbergia cordifolia
African Plant Database: Gutenbergia cordifolia
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Gutenbergia cordifolia
Plants of the World Online: Gutenbergia cordifolia
Tropicos: Gutenbergia cordifolia
Wikipedia: Gutenbergia cordifolia

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: Gutenbergia cordifolia var. marginata., retrieved 20 July 2024

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