Hirpicium gorterioides (Oliv. & Hiern) Roessler
subsp. gorterioides

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Hirpicium gorterioides subsp. gorterioides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Fort Usher road, Matobo

Hirpicium gorterioides subsp. gorterioides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Fort Usher road, Matobo

Hirpicium gorterioides subsp. gorterioides

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Fort Usher road, Matobo

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Synonyms: Berkheya gorterioides Oliv. & Hiern
Berkheyopsis angolensis O. Hoffm.
Berkheyopsis gorterioides (Oliv. & Hiern) Thell.
Berkheyopsis gorterioides Oliv. & Hiern var. lobulata Thell.
Berkheyopsis gossweileri S. Moore
Berkheyopsis langii Bremek. & Oberm.
Crocodilodes gorterioides (Oliv. & Hiern) Kuntze
Common names:
Status: Native
A more or less erect annual herb, 10-50 cm high with stems covered in purplish bristles. Leaves narrowly elliptic to oblanceolate, 2-8 cm long, entire or with irregular lobe-like teeth, bristly above, white woolly beneath; margin rolled under. Capitula terminal, subtended by several leaves. Involucres bracts linear, 8-12 mm long, bristle-tipped and 10-20 bristles along the margins. Florets yellow; rays linear-elliptic 10-25 mm long. Achenes narrowly obconic, 4-5 mm long, 10-12-ribbed, densely greyish-white hairy, together forming a mass of white fluff often more conspicuous than the flower heads.
Notes: Capitula only open in full sun.
Derivation of specific name: gorterioides: resembling a Gorteria, a genus in Asteraceae restricted to the Western Cape,South Africa and Namibia.
Habitat: In short open and wooded grassland, often with Acacia or mopane; also at margins of seasonal pans and on floodplains.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: W
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Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 216. (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 26.

Pope, G.V. (1992). Compositae Flora Zambesiaca 6(1) Pages 249 - 250.

Roessler, H. (1975). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca Area, 5 Subtribe Gorteriinae. Kirkia 10(1) Pages 92 - 93.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 35.

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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: Hirpicium gorterioides subsp. gorterioides.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=161770, retrieved 23 June 2024

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