Felicia muricata (Thunb.) Nees
subsp. muricata

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Felicia muricata subsp. muricata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Odzani rd, Honde Valley

Felicia muricata subsp. muricata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Felicia muricata subsp. muricata

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Khami road at turn-off to Chesa Forest Land, Umguza District.

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Synonyms: Aster muricatus Thunb.
Aster villosus Thunb.
Felicia frutescens R.E. Fr.
Common names:
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Perennial herb or small subshrub, up to 20 cm, much branched and woody at the base. Leaves needle-like in tufts along the stems. Capitula terminal; disc flowers yellow, surrounded by numerous white ray flowers. The ray flowers are often rolled up in older capitula (image 2).
Notes: Two other subspecies are recognized, occurring in Botswana and South Africa.
Derivation of specific name: muricata: muricate (rough, with sharp tubercles or protuberances)
Habitat: In grassland and open woodland.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Sep - Mar
Worldwide distribution: Angola, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini and Mpumalanga, Free State, North-West, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Saturday 30 June 2018

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 17. In error as Felicia muricata cinerascens

Grau, J. & Lippert, W. (1980). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca area, 11. Astereae (continued). Kirkia 12(1) Pages 4 - 5.

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 67. (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 25.

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 210 - 211. as Felicia muricata (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 33.

Van Wyk, B. & Malan, S. (1988). Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria Region Struik, Cape Town Pages 40 - 41. (Includes a picture).

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Flora of Botswana: Felicia muricata subsp. muricata

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

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: Felicia muricata subsp. muricata.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=158820, retrieved 24 May 2024

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