Sclerocarpus africanus Jacq.

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Sclerocarpus africanus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near to the (closed) restaurant, Sinamatella, Hwange NP

Sclerocarpus africanus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near to the (closed) restaurant, Sinamatella, Hwange NP

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Status: Native
Erect annual herb, 15-120 cm tall. Leaves opposite lower on the stem, alternate higher up, ovate, 3-12 cm long, with rough short hairs on both surfaces; margin scalloped or toothed; petiole up to 4 cm long. Capitula terminal. Involucre with c. 5 spreading leaf-like green bracts up to 3 cm long. Disk-florets greenish-yellow with a bulging bract around the ovary conspicuous in fruit. Ray-florets few or absent, yellow, spathulate.
Derivation of specific name: africanus: African
Habitat: In sandy soils in woodland and bush or along river banks and lake shores.
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C
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Images last updated: Saturday 28 November 2009

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 222. (Includes a picture).

Pickering, H. & Roe, E. (2009). Wild Flowers of the Victoria Falls Area Helen Pickering, London Page 39. (Includes a picture).

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 38.

Wild, H. (1967). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca area. 1. Heliantheae. Kirkia 6(1) Pages 37 - 38.


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Sclerocarpus africanus
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Sclerocarpus africanus
The Plant List (version 1.1): Sclerocarpus africanus
Tropicos: Sclerocarpus africanus

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: Sclerocarpus africanus., retrieved 22 February 2018

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