Crassocephalum uvens (Hiern) S. Moore

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Crassocephalum uvens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near end of dam, Cleveland Dam, Harare

Crassocephalum uvens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near end of dam, Cleveland Dam, Harare

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Synonyms: Senecio kyimbilensis Mattf.
Senecio telmatophyllus O.Hoffm.
Senecio uvens Hiern
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Perennial herb, 20–65 cm tall, growing from a short rhizome, lower part of stem creeping but becoming erect, pale green or tinged reddish-purple tinged, hairless or pubescent. Leaves sessile, oblanceolate, 1–7 cm long, auriculate at the base, sparsely shortly setulose or hispid, bright green above, paler beneath; margin often purplish, remotely and coarsely toothed. Capitula solitary, terminal, erect, long-stalked, discoid; involucre cylindrical, 8–11 mm long, 3.5–5 mm in diameter; bracts c. 6, lanceolate, , 2.5–3 mm long, green or purple; phyllaries 13–18(–21), purple or green tipped purple or brown, 7–10 mm long, hairless or shortly sparsely pubescent. Disc florets orange-yellow or orange, 7.5–11 mm long. Achenes 3–4 mm long, hairless; pappus 6.5–10 mm long.
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Habitat: In wet places such as vleis, dambos and bogs.
Altitude range: (metres) 950 - 2100 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: DRC and Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia?, Zimbabwe and Angola.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Tuesday 16 January 2007

Beentje, H.J. & Ghazanfar, S.A. (eds.) (2005). Compositae (Part 3) Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 547.

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 91.

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 16.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 10.

Jeffrey, C. (1986). The Senecioneae in East Tropical Africa: Notes on Compositae: IV Kew Bulletin 41(4) Page 907.

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.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 88.

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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: Crassocephalum uvens., retrieved 19 April 2024

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