Schistostephium crataegifolium (DC.) Fenzl ex Harv.

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Schistostephium crataegifolium

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Cleveland Dam, Harare

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Synonyms: Schistostephium artemisiifolium Baker
Schistostephium homblei De Wild.
Schistostephium microcephalum Baker
Schistostephium saxicola Hutch.
Schistostephium scandens Hutch.
Schistostephium villosum Hutch.
Tanacetum consanguineum DC.
Tanacetum crataegifolium DC.
Common names:
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Erect perennial herb, up to 1.2 m tall, growing from a woody rootstock. Stem single or branching from the base, ribbed, pubescent, often tinged red when dried. Leaves alternate, very variable but always deeply pinnately divided, lobes often divided again; pubescent on both surfaces, usually with denser appressed hairs beneath especially on the midrib; margins entire, thickened or rolled under. Capitula 5-8 mm in diameter, in axillary or terminal, branched clusters or solitary. Florets discoid only, yellow. Pappus absent.
Derivation of specific name: crataegifolium: with leaves like an Crataegus, a genus of shrubs or trees in Rosaceae, found in the temperate Northern Hemisphere.
Habitat: In grassland and woodland, often in rocky places
Altitude range: (metres) 300 - 2500 m
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Worldwide distribution: DRC,Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 105. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 49.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Pages 31 - 32.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 34. as Schistostephium artemisiifolium

Harris, T. (2013). A treatment of the African genus Schistostephium (Compositae: Anthemideae) Kew Bulletin 68(1) Pages 108 - 111.

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 27. as Schistostephium artemisiifolium

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 33. p.p. as Schistostephium artemisiifolium

Pooley, E. (1998). A Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Region. Natal Flora Publications Trust. Durban. Pages 320 - 321. (Includes a picture).

Van Wyk, B. & Malan, S. (1988). Field Guide to the Wild Flowers of the Witwatersrand and Pretoria Region Struik, Cape Town Pages 114 - 115. (Includes a picture).

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 89.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Schistostephium crataegifolium., retrieved 27 February 2024

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