Pleiotaxis eximia O. Hoffm.
subsp. eximia

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Pleiotaxis eximia subsp. eximia

Photo: Ruth Baldwin-Paice
Muraga Wilderness, Charama Safari Lodge, Kadoma

Pleiotaxis eximia subsp. eximia

Photo: James Varden
Mavhuradonha Wilderness Area

Pleiotaxis eximia subsp. eximia

Photo: James Varden
Mavhuradonha Wilderness Area

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Synonyms: Pleiotaxis amoena R.E. Fr.
Pleiotaxis antunesii sensu Eyles
Common names:
Status: Native
Erect, robust perennial suffrutex to 80 cm tall. Leaves silvery-grey, bullate, 8-25 × 2-7.5 cm, elliptic; apex acute; margin irregularly serrate; base cuneate, tapering into a narrow winged petiole-like midrib and widening into a sheathing base below. Capitula large, usually solitary. Phyllaries imbricate, felted-lanate. Corollas red with a slender tube widening above. Achenes densely appressed-hispid. Pappus of barbellate setae.
Notes: Superficially similar to Erythrocephalum zambesianum with its red flowers and greyish leaves, but the Erythrocephalum has a distinct outer whorl of flattened ray florets which are not present in Pleiotaxis.
Derivation of specific name: eximia: excellent in size or beauty, distinguished
Habitat: Miombo woodland.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, DRC, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe distribution: N,W,C
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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 27.

Pope, G.V. (1992). Compositae Flora Zambesiaca 6(1) Page 16.

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

Wild, H. (1972). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca area. 3. Mutisieae. Kirkia 8(2) Pages 200 - 201.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Pleiotaxis eximia
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pleiotaxis eximia
Plants of the World Online: Pleiotaxis eximia
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Wikipedia: Pleiotaxis eximia

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: Pleiotaxis eximia subsp. eximia., retrieved 25 July 2024

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