Senecio ruwenzoriensis S. Moore

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Senecio ruwenzoriensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr summit, Castle Beacon, Vumba

Senecio ruwenzoriensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Nr summit, Castle Beacon, Vumba

Senecio ruwenzoriensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Castle Beacon, Vumba

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Synonyms: Senecio othonniformis Fourcade
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Erect perennial, 30-100 cm. Stems glabrous. Leaves 3-5 × 1.5-2.5 cm, elliptic or oblong, sessile, slightly succulent, glaucous; apex acute to rounded, sometimes shortly apiculate; margin entire or with 1-2 shallow teeth. Inflorescence of few-fld lax corymbs. Capitula 10-11 mm. Phyllaries 14-16, 5-7 mm. Rays present, yellow. Ovary glabrous.
Notes: The synonym suggests that this species is like an Othonna. Unfortunately, the material of our species of Othonna, namely natalensis, was absent from SRGH on 11 Jan. 2007. However, the one specimen from South Africa shows a rather different-looking plant.
Derivation of specific name: ruwenzoriensis: from the Ruwenzori Mts
Habitat: In vleis and damp places, often in shallow soil over rocks. Also recorded from msasa and mopane woodland, grasslands and roadsides.
Altitude range: (metres) 800 - 1600 m
Flowering time:Oct - Apr
Worldwide distribution: Nigeria to Sudan and southwards through East Africa to South Africa
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E
Growth form(s):
Endemic status:
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Images last updated: Sunday 22 April 2007

Beentje, H.J. & Ghazanfar, S.A. (eds.) (2005). Compositae (Part 3) Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 643 - 645. (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 105.

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

Jeffrey, C. (1986). The Senecioneae in East Tropical Africa: Notes on Compositae: IV Kew Bulletin 41(4) Page 897.

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.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 58.

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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 ruwenzoriensis., retrieved 15 April 2024

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