Sphaeranthus gazaensis Bremek.

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Sphaeranthus gazaensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path to Danger Point, Victoria Falls NP

Sphaeranthus gazaensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path to Danger Point, Victoria Falls NP

Sphaeranthus gazaensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path to Danger Point, Victoria Falls NP

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Status: Native
Sprawling or suberect herb, up to 75 cm, branching from the base. Branches with long hairs, distinctly winged, 1-3mm wide, entire or spinulose-dentate, particularly along the upper parts of stems and branches. Leaves up to c. 6 cm long, with long hairs and sessile glands on both surfaces; base decurrent into the wings; margin spinulose-dentate. Glomerules on long haiy and glandular peduncles, terminal or in the upper leaf axils, usually ellipsoid when mature.
Notes: The specimens from Victoria Falls appear to be less conspicuously spinulose-dentate than material from elsewhere. It has been suggested that this might represent an intermediate form between S. angolensis and S. gazaensis (Wild in Kirkia 12-1 p 101, 1980)
Derivation of specific name: gazaensis: of Gazaland, a historic name for Southern Mozambique.
Habitat: In wet grassland.
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Worldwide distribution: Tanzania, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Madagascar.
Zimbabwe distribution: W
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Images last updated: Wednesday 12 September 2007

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 28.

Wild, H. (1980). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca area, 12. Inuleae (continued). Kirkia 12(1) Pages 100 - 101.

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Flora of Mozambique: Sphaeranthus gazaensis
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Sphaeranthus gazaensis
African Plant Database: Sphaeranthus gazaensis
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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: Sphaeranthus gazaensis.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=159280, retrieved 6 June 2023

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