Senecio helminthioides (Sch. Bip.) Hilliard

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Synonyms: Senecio quinquelobus sensu auct. non (Thunb.) DC.
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Frequency: Extremely rare
Status: Native
Climbing herb with subsucculent leaves and stems. Stems glabrous. Leaves 4-6 × 3-6 cm, ovate-triangular to subcircular in outline, shallowly or deeply lobed, the sinuses minutely dentate; base cordate to cuneate. Petiole 1-3 cm. Capitula solitary on side-branches; yellow or orange-yellow. Calyculus leaf-like, broadly elliptic, each bract c.7 × 4 mm. Capitula 14-18 mm. Phyllaries 10-16, 10 mm. Rays 0.
Notes: Confined to montane forest on Hwedza Mountain, from where it has been collected twice; once by Wild in 1964 and again by S. Mavi in 1968.
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Habitat: Montane forest
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Zimbabwe distribution: C
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Images last updated: Sunday 14 January 2007

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 28.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Senecio helminthioides
African Plant Database: Senecio helminthioides
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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: Senecio helminthioides., retrieved 27 February 2024

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