Acanthospermum australe (Loefl.) Kuntze

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Acanthospermum australe

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Acanthospermum australe

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Acanthospermum australe

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

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Synonyms: Acanthospermum brasilum Shrank
Common names: Creeping starbur (English) Prostrate starbur (English)
Frequency: Common
Status: Introduced
Annual herb with prostrate branches. Fertile achenes usually (6-)8-9, fused with an enlarged inner phyllary into a fruit which is c.7 mm, oblong-fusiform, covered with numerous hooked spines; apex without 2 prominent spines.
Derivation of specific name: australe: southern
Habitat: In disturbed places, such as roadsides and cultivated areas, preferring the higher rainfall areas.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Feb - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Central and South America: West Indies, Guianas, Brazil, Venezuela, Columbia, Bolivia and northern Paraguay.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E
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Images last updated: Monday 4 February 2008

Wild, H. (1967). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca area. 1. Heliantheae. Kirkia 6(1) Pages 7 - 8.

Wild, H. (undated, c. 1955). Common Rhodesian Weeds ?Government of Rhodesia, Salisbury Page 60. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Acanthospermum australe
African Plant Database: Acanthospermum australe
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EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Acanthospermum australe
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Acanthospermum australe
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JSTOR Plant Science: Acanthospermum australe
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Acanthospermum australe
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Acanthospermum australe
The Plant List (version 1.1): Acanthospermum australe
Tropicos: Acanthospermum australe

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: Acanthospermum australe., retrieved 24 March 2018

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