Vernonia kirkii Oliv. & Hiern

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Vernonia kirkii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road no. 5A between Lion House and road no. 4, Gorongosa National Park

Vernonia kirkii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along road no. 5A between Lion House and road no. 4, Gorongosa National Park

Vernonia kirkii

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

Vernonia kirkii

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

Vernonia kirkii

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

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Synonyms: Vernonia swynnertonii S. Moore
Vernonia zambesiaca S. Moore
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Description:
Bushy perennial herb, up to 60(150) cm tall. Stems ribbed, pubescent, branching above. Leaves sessile, linear-elliptic up to c. 16 × 2 cm, mostly less than 1 cm wide, hairy above, pubescent and minutely gland-pitted on both surfaces, often more so beneath; margin entire or finely and sparsely toothed, often rolled under. Capitula on long stiff stalks, up to 11 cm long, together forming a lax corymbose or subpaniculate head. Involucral bracts many-seriate, 2-11 mm long, glandular on the outside, especially towards the apices. Florets purple, up to 11 mm long.
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Derivation of specific name: kirkii: named after Dr John Kirk, who accompanied David Livingstone on his Zambezi expedition of 1858
Habitat: On black alluvial clay in floodplain grassland and Acacia or mopane woodland.
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Worldwide distribution: southern Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: C
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Images last updated: Monday 14 May 2012
Literature:

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 35.

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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 34.

Pope, G.V. (1992). Compositae Flora Zambesiaca 6(1) Page 138.

Wild, H. (1978). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca area. 8. Vernonieae (Vernonia). Kirkia 11(1) Pages 66 - 67.


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


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 kirkii.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=158370, retrieved 25 May 2019

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