Blainvillea gayana Cass.

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Blainvillea gayana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Blainvillea gayana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Blainvillea gayana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

Blainvillea gayana

Photo: Bart Wursten
Shashe Wilderness Camp, Shashe River

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Synonyms: Blainvillea rhomboidea sensu Oliv. & Hiern
Wedelia gossweileri S. Moore
Common names:
Status: Native
Erect annual herb. Stems covered in rough hairs. Leaves (sub)opposite, elliptic to ovate with a rather long pointed tip, up to 13 × 8 cm, 3-veined from the base, sparsely hairy; margin serrate-crenate. Capitula somewhat long and narrow, c. 1.2 × 0.5 cm. Involucral bracts c. 1 cm long, oblong-elliptic, hairy and glandular on the outside. Florets whitish, sometimes with short, inconspicuous 2-3-toothed rays.
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Habitat: A weed of disturbed areas and cultivation, mostly growing in shaded areas.
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Worldwide distribution: Widespread in tropical Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,S
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Chapano, C., Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 6.

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 23.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 28.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 31.

Wild, H. (1967). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca area. 1. Heliantheae. Kirkia 6(1) Pages 38 - 39.


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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: Blainvillea gayana., retrieved 18 February 2018

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