Crassocephalum uvens (Hiern) S. Moore

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Crassocephalum uvens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, nr end of dam

Crassocephalum uvens

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, nr end of dam

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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.
Derivation of specific name:
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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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., 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, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Crassocephalum uvens., retrieved 19 August 2019

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