Gnaphalium purpureum L.

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Gnaphalium purpureum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Gnaphalium purpureum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Synonyms: Gamochaeta pensylvanica (Willd.) Cabrera
Gamochaeta purpurea (L.) Cabrera
Gnaphalium pensylvanicum Willd.
Common names: American cudweed (English)
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Introduced
Probably annual or biennial, white woolly herb with erect stem up to 40 cm tall. Leaves spathulate-obovate, up to 8 × 2 cm, decreasing in size towards the stem apex; margin entire or subentire. Inflorescence in a terminal spike with leaf-like bracts. Involucral bracts c. 3-seriate, lanceolate-oblong, c. 3 mm long. Florets small, numerous, brownish.
Derivation of specific name: purpureum: purple
Habitat: In gardens and damp disturbed places.
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Worldwide distribution: A native of the warmer parts of North America down to Argentina, it is now a widespread weed throughout the tropics,
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Gnaphalium purpureum
African Plant Database: Gnaphalium purpureum
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Gnaphalium purpureum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Gnaphalium purpureum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Gnaphalium purpureum
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Gnaphalium purpureum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Gnaphalium purpureum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Gnaphalium purpureum
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Gnaphalium purpureum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Gnaphalium purpureum
Ispot Southern Africa: Gnaphalium purpureum
JSTOR Plant Science: Gnaphalium purpureum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Gnaphalium purpureum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Gnaphalium purpureum
The Plant List (version 1.1): Gnaphalium purpureum
Tropicos: Gnaphalium purpureum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-18

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2018). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Gnaphalium purpureum., retrieved 22 April 2018

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