Crassocephalum crepidioides (Benth.) S. Moore

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Crassocephalum crepidioides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Crassocephalum crepidioides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Synonyms: Crassocephalum diversifolium Hiern
Gynura crepidioides Benth.
Gynura polycephala Benth.
Senecio diversifolius A. Rich.
Common names:
Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Annual herb up to 1.2 m. Leaves with winged petioles, simple but sometimes lobed; margin coarsely and sharply dentate. Capitula in a loosely branched inflorescence, often nodding. Colour variable, most commonly dull to bright orange-red.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: Weed in disturbed soils, on roadsides and along the margins of woodland and forest.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: West Africa from Senegal to Cameroon, Sudan, Ethiopia and southwards to South Africa; naturalised widely in tropical Asia and the Pacific.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C,E,S
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Tuesday 16 January 2007

Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Pages 208 - 209. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 89.

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 30.

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 24.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 29.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 52.

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Flora of Malawi: Crassocephalum crepidioides
Flora of Mozambique: Crassocephalum crepidioides
Flora of Zambia: Crassocephalum crepidioides

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Crassocephalum crepidioides
African Plant Database: Crassocephalum crepidioides
Biodiversity Explorer (Biodiversity of southern Africa): Crassocephalum crepidioides
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Crassocephalum crepidioides
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Crassocephalum crepidioides
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Crassocephalum crepidioides
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Crassocephalum crepidioides
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Crassocephalum crepidioides
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Crassocephalum crepidioides
Ispot Southern Africa: Crassocephalum crepidioides
JSTOR Plant Science: Crassocephalum crepidioides
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Crassocephalum crepidioides
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Crassocephalum crepidioides
The Plant List (version 1.1): Crassocephalum crepidioides
Tropicos: Crassocephalum crepidioides

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Crassocephalum crepidioides., retrieved 24 June 2019

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