Launaea cornuta (Hochst. ex Oliv. & Hiern) C. Jeffrey

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Launaea cornuta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

Launaea cornuta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

Launaea cornuta

Photo: Bart Wursten
Malilangwe Wildlife Reserve

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Synonyms: Sonchus cornutus Hochst. ex Oliv. & Hiern
Sonchus exauriculatus (Oliv. & Hiern) O. Hoffm.
Common names:
Status: Native
Erect perennial or long-lived annual growing from a semi-woody rootstock. Stem up to 1.7m, hollow, branched above or sometimes from the base. Leaves sessile, linear to narrowly elliptic, sometimes with 1-3 pairs of lobes near the base; midrib prominent beneath. Capitula numerous in a lax, branched panicle. Florets 10-25 per capitulum, yellow.
Derivation of specific name: cornuta: horned
Habitat: On alluvial soils and disturbed ground along rivers and roadsides.
Altitude range: (metres)
Flowering time:Aug - Sep
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in subsaharan Africa and Madagascar
Zimbabwe distribution: N,E,S
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Images last updated: Saturday 5 August 2006

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 216 - 220. (Includes a picture).

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Launaea cornuta
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Flora Zambesiaca web site: Launaea cornuta
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JSTOR Plant Science: Launaea cornuta
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Launaea cornuta
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Launaea cornuta
The Plant List (version 1.1): Launaea cornuta
Tropicos: Launaea cornuta

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Launaea cornuta., retrieved 25 May 2019

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