Vernonia cinerascens Sch. Bip.

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Vernonia cinerascens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Vernonia cinerascens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River.

Vernonia cinerascens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River.

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Synonyms: Orbivestus cinerascens (Sch. Bip.) H. Rob.
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Status: Native
Laxly branched subshrub, usually less than 1.5 m tall. Stems several, stiffly woody, covered in dense grey, appressed, T-shaped hairs. Leaves singly or in clusters on woolly cushions along the stems and branches, sessile or shortly petiolate, narrowly obovate-spathulate, normally less than 4.5 × 1.2 cm, more or less densely covered with T-shaped hairs; margin finely crenulate-dentate near the apex, otherwise entire. Capitula numerous in terminal heads, purple, disk-florets only.
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Habitat: Occurring in dry open Acacia-Terminalia-Mopane scrub.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia, Zimbabwe and northern South Africa. Also in northwestern India.
Zimbabwe distribution: S
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Images last updated: Saturday 21 February 2009

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) Page 87.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 39.

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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: Vernonia cinerascens., retrieved 7 December 2023

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