Vernonia calvoana (Hook.f.) Hook.f.
subsp. meridionalis (Wild) C. Jeffrey

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Vernonia calvoana subsp. meridionalis

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In cultivation in a wild area at Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Vernonia calvoana subsp. meridionalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Chinaka, Juliasdale

Vernonia calvoana subsp. meridionalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Chinaka, Juliasdale

Vernonia calvoana subsp. meridionalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Chinaka, Juliasdale

Vernonia calvoana subsp. meridionalis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Mt Chinaka, Juliasdale

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Synonyms: Baccharoides calvoana (Hook. f.) Isawumi, El-Ghazaly & B. Nord. subsp. meridionalis (Wild) Isawumi, El-Ghazaly & B. Nord.
Vernonia hymenolepis A. Rich. subsp. meridionalis Wild
Vernonia leucocalyx sensu Coates Palgrave (1983)
Common names: Long-flowering vernonia (English)
Frequency: Common in the E Highlands
Status: Native
Shrub, up to 4 m high. Leaves lanceolate to ovate up to 16 × 6 cm, rough and puckered above with scattered hairs, pale greyish-green and more or less densely hairy below; base decurrent, sometimes appearing winged; margin irregularly toothed. Capitula in dense terminal heads, surrounded by several series of papery white, petal-like involucral bracts. Florets mauve-purple.
Notes: This species is known to bear some flowers at any time of the year
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Along roadsides, in grassland and on forest margins.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Dec - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Eastern Zimbabwe and adjacent areas in Mozambique, including Mt Gorongosa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
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Images last updated: Wednesday 26 February 2014

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 1026. As Baccharoides calvoana subsp. meridionalis (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 57. As Vernonia calvoana meridonalis

Darbyshire, I., Timberlake, J., Osborne, J., Rokni, S., Matimele, H., Langa. C., Datizua, C., de Sousa, C., Alves, T., Massingue, A., Hadj-Hammou, J., Dhanda, S., Shah, T., Wursten, B. (2019). The endemic plants of Mozambique: diversity and conservation status Phytotaxa 136 Page 81.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 277. as Vernonia bracteosa

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 29.

Pope, G.V. (1992). Compositae Flora Zambesiaca 6(1) Pages 126 - 133. (Includes a picture).

Steedman, E.C. (1933). Some Trees, Shrubs and Lianes of Southern Rhodesia. Page 84. As Vernonia leucocalyx

Wild, H. (1978). New and interesting Vernonia species from the Flora Zambesiaca area Kirkia 11(1) Pages 15 - 16. as Vernonia hymenolepis subsp. meridionalis

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 90.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Vernonia calvoana subsp. meridionalis., retrieved 5 October 2022

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