Hirpicium gracile (O. Hoffm.) Roessler

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Hirpicium gracile

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam

Hirpicium gracile

Photo: Bart Wursten
Cleveland Dam

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Synonyms: Berkheya gracilis O. Hoffm.
Common names:
Frequency: Frequent
Status: Native
Slender, wiry, annual herb, 10 - 90 cm. Leaves linear, becoming bract-like on the upper stems and branches; margin ciliate with small bristles. Capitula terminal with scale-like bristles. Ray and disk-florets yellow, usually shorter than the phyllaries.
Derivation of specific name: gracile: graceful, slender
Habitat: Occurring in shallow soils over rock in woodland and short grassland. Also along roadsides.
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Worldwide distribution: Zambia, Angola, D.R.Congo, Tanzania, Malawi, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C,E,S
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Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 21.

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.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32

Pope, G.V. (1992). Compositae Flora Zambesiaca 6(1) Page 251.

Roessler, H. (1975). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca Area, 5 Subtribe Gorteriinae. Kirkia 10(1) Pages 93 - 94.

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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: Hirpicium gracile.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=161780, retrieved 1 December 2023

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