Vernonia cinerea (L.) Less.
var. cinerea

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Vernonia cinerea var. cinerea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road from entrance gate to Chitengo, Gorongosa National Park

Vernonia cinerea var. cinerea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road from entrance gate to Chitengo, Gorongosa National Park

Vernonia cinerea var. cinerea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road from entrance gate to Chitengo, Gorongosa National Park

Vernonia cinerea var. cinerea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road from entrance gate to Chitengo, Gorongosa National Park

Vernonia cinerea var. cinerea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park

Vernonia cinerea var. cinerea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park

Vernonia cinerea var. cinerea

Photo: Bart Wursten
Chitengo Camp, Gorongosa National Park

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Synonyms: Conyza cinerea L.
Common names:
Frequency:
Status: Native
Description:
Erect annual to 1.3 m tall. Stems branching above, with short-stalked, long-armed T-shaped hairs, at least below. Lower stem leaves subspathulate, broadly ovate or lanceolate, tapered below into a long narrowly-winged midrib; apex shortly acuminate; margin crenate-serrate; upper stem leaves narrower. Capitula borne in a terminal panicle, very numerous, small (involucres 4-6 mm long). Phyllaries appressed, becoming reflexed. Corollas pinkish or pale mauve. Achenes 1.2-2 mm, terete, not ribbed, uniformly pubescent; outer pappus of distinct short linear fimbriate scales, 0.2-0.6 mm long; inner pappus of white setae 3-4.5 mm long.
Notes: Similar to V. meiostephane; see that species for the differences.
Derivation of specific name: cinerea: ash-grey
Habitat: A weed of cultivated or disturbed ground; also in woodland and grassland; at lower altitudes.
Altitude range: (metres) Up to 800 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, South Africa and Zimbabwe; also in tropical West Africa and in tropical Asia, India and Australia.
Zimbabwe distribution: S
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Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Friday 6 July 2012
Literature:

Pope, G.V. (1992). Compositae Flora Zambesiaca 6(1) Page 143.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 59.


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Flora of Malawi: Vernonia cinerea var. cinerea
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Vernonia cinerea
African Plant Database: Vernonia cinerea
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Vernonia cinerea
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Vernonia cinerea
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Vernonia cinerea
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Vernonia cinerea
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Vernonia cinerea
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Vernonia cinerea
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Vernonia cinerea
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Vernonia cinerea
Ispot Southern Africa: Vernonia cinerea
JSTOR Plant Science: Vernonia cinerea
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Vernonia cinerea
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Vernonia cinerea
The Plant List (version 1.1): Vernonia cinerea
Tropicos: Vernonia cinerea


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Vernonia cinerea var. cinerea.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=158190, retrieved 20 March 2019

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