Senecio venosus Harv.

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Senecio venosus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

Senecio venosus

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam, Harare

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Common names:
Frequency: Common
Status: Native
Perennial herb with annual stems growing from a rootstock. It belongs to a group of closely related species, including Senecio latifolius, S. retrorsus and S. pergamentaceus. All are erect perennial plants with glaucous, elliptic leaves, which clasp around the stem. S. venosus can be distinguished from the other species by holding a leaf against the light, which will reveal the clearly translucent veins.
Notes: Unlike S. latifolius, S. venosus is not known to be poisonous to life stock.
Derivation of specific name: venosus: conspicuously veined (referring to the leaf veins)
Habitat: In various types of woodland and grassland.
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Worldwide distribution:
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Images last updated: Sunday 10 September 2006

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 51.

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

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 148. (Includes a picture).

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.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 38.

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Flora of Botswana: Senecio venosus
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Senecio venosus
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Senecio venosus
Plants of the World Online: Senecio venosus
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Wikipedia: Senecio venosus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Senecio venosus., retrieved 29 November 2023

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