Aster harveyanus Kuntze
subsp. nyikensis Lippert

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Aster harveyanus subsp. nyikensis

Photo: Mark Hyde
World's View, Nyanga

Aster harveyanus subsp. nyikensis

Photo: Mark Hyde
World's View, Nyanga

Aster harveyanus subsp. nyikensis

Photo: Mark Hyde
World's View, Nyanga

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Synonyms: Diplopappus serrulatus Harv. & Sond.
Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Erect perennial herb. Stems one to several, up to 50 cm. Leaves along the stem, lanceolate, 3-5-veined from the base; margin somewhat ridged, minutely serrulate. Flower heads mostly solitary, terminal on long peduncles. Ray-florets white to violet-blue, 3-dentate at the apex. Disk-florets yellow.
Notes: Specimens from the Nyanga area (see photos) seem to be generally shorter, with the leaves concentrated on the lower part of the stem. However, it is presently not possible to distinguish these plants as a separate subspecific taxon.
Derivation of specific name: harveyanus: after William Henry Harvey (1811-1866), Irish botanist, and botanical pioneer. He co-authored the first three volumes of Flora Capensis.
nyikensis: of the Nyika Plateau in Malawi and Zambia.
Habitat: In montane grassland.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: (this subspecies) Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Other subspecies are found in Eswatini and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
Red data list status:
Insects associated with this species: spilosoma lineata (Larval foodplant)
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Images last updated: Saturday 1 April 2006

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 81.

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 8. as Aster harveyanus

Grau, J. & Lippert, W. (1980). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca area, 11. Astereae (continued). Kirkia 12(1) Pages 11 - 12.

Lippert, W. (1973). Revision der Gattung Aster in Afrika Mitteilungen der Botanischen Staatssammlung M√ľnchen. 11 Pages 198 - 201. (Includes a picture).

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 23.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 28.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 88.

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Flora of Malawi: Aster harveyanus subsp. nyikensis
Flora of Mozambique: Aster harveyanus subsp. nyikensis
Flora of Zambia: Aster harveyanus subsp. nyikensis

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Aster harveyanus
African Plant Database: Aster harveyanus
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Aster harveyanus
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Aster harveyanus
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iNaturalist: Aster harveyanus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Aster harveyanus
JSTOR Plant Science: Aster harveyanus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Aster harveyanus
Plants of the World Online: Aster harveyanus
Tropicos: Aster harveyanus
Wikipedia: Aster harveyanus

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: Aster harveyanus subsp. nyikensis., retrieved 30 May 2024

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