Collections made by Brian Best

Records: 32

The following is a list of the collections made by Brian Best in species name order. The records are of species which occur in Zimbabwe (either as a native/naturalised species or as a cultivated species).

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NoSpeciesRecord dateRecorder(s)Coll.Det.Conf.HerbariaHabitatLocationLoc code Outing codePlanted code Country QDSGrid ref.FZ DivAlt. (m)NotesLatLongLoc Acc Code
80710 Acacia amythethophylla11 Feb 1963EB Best
EB Best 367 RE Gereau MO
Lusaka, near where stream crosses Great East Road below Roma turn-off.0Zambia1528A4C1250

Small much branched tree to ca. 5 ft. with dense foliage. Branches straight suberect.

53236 Actiniopteris dimorpha subsp. dimorpha8 Feb 1976EB Best
EB Best 1280 SRGH
In wet soil pockets in rock crevices where water seepageMkooi Gorge farm, Makoni district.0Zimbabwe1832A4C1800

Small gregarious perennial herb having divided leaves on erect stalk +/- 0.1 m.

5461 Alepidea peduncularis27 Nov 1983EB Best
EB Best 2065 SRGH
Open grasslandMutema CL, Chipinge District0Zimbabwe1932D3VN555912E1615

Herb with erect flowering stems to c. 30 cm from basal rosette of leaves. Flowers white.

28495 Aristolochia heppii9 Feb 1984EB Best
EB Best 2096 Mukuvisi Woodland1,20Zimbabwe1731C3C0

24149 Aspidoglossum interruptum14 Jan 1983EB Best
EB Best 1955 SRGH
Mukuvisi Woodland, Blatherwick Avenue end1,20Zimbabwe1731C3C

24788 Barleria holubii subsp. holubii12 Aug 1980EB Best
EB Best 1415 SRGH
Among rocks at head of valleyMatopos National Park, central Wild Area0ZimbabweW0

Very prickly shrub 60 - 150 cm high and twice as much across

24148 Chironia purpurascens subsp. humilis18 Dec 1981EB Best
EB Best 1849 SRGH
Mukuvisi Woodland1,20Zimbabwe1731C3C

81445 Combretum molle7 Oct 1960EB Best
EB Best 239 Woodlands, garden in former Brachystegia woodland.Lusaka, woodlands, garden in former Brachystegia woodland.0Zambia1528A4C1310

Tree to about 40' branching at about 10-12' DBH=11'. Bark brown/grey, slash yellow. Flowers yellow. Ripe fruits brown.

52012 Crassula lanceolata subsp. transvaalensis9 Feb 1984EB Best
EB Best 2094 Mukuvisi Woodland10Zimbabwe1731C3C0

84562 Crotalaria glauca14 Jan 1983EB Best
EB Best 1950 SRGH
Blatherwick Road end, Mukuvisi Woodland1,20Zimbabwe1731C3C0

121062 Cyperus margaritaceus4 Nov 1981EB Best
EB Best 1792 SRGH
Mukuvisi Woodlands, Harare.1,20Zimbabwe1731C3C1472

121063 Cyperus rupestris2 Jan 1982EB Best
Edge of pool on rocky outcropMukuvisi Woodland. 1,20Zimbabwe1731C3C1472

21503 Erianthemum virescens13 Dec 1983EB Best
EB Best 2085 SRGH
In carpark, Mukuvisi Woodlands1,20Zimbabwe1731C3C1472

Parasite on Melia azedarach. Flowers pale green.

82217 Euclea schimperi21 Apr 1960EB Best
EB Best 315 Woodlands, somewhat disturbed by fire and cutting. Gloucester Road, woodlands of Lusaka.0ZambiaC1280

Bush, 6 feet high. Evergreen. Leaves pale green below would make a good hedge plant.

74852 Helichrysum mechowianum var. ceres19 Jan 1976EB Best
EB Best 1258 SRGH
Omasu Farm, Makoni0Zimbabwe1832A4C1700

Cited in Wild 1980: 42, Draft Revision Helichrysum for Flora Zambesiaca.

106622 Hypoxis filiformis29 Sep 1981EB Best
EB Best 1713 SRGH
In burnt vlei grassland amongst new grass growthMukuvisi Woodland1,20Zimbabwe1731C3C0

Flowers yellow

22960 Ipomoea welwitschii9 Feb 1984EB Best
EB Best 2091 SRGH
Mukuvisi Woodlands1,20Zimbabwe1731C3C

24146 Laurembergia repens subsp. brachypoda14 Jan 1983EB Best
EB Best 1951 SRGH
Mukuvisi Woodland, Blatherwick Avenue end1,20Zimbabwe1731C3C

74573 Linderniella wilmsii26 Jan 1982EB Best
EB Best 1860 SRGH
In shallow stony soil on flat rock in full sun.Mukuvisi Woodland, Harare1,20Zimbabwe1731C3C1472

Small erect herb with striking blue and white flowers and plum-coloured stem and leaves.

119388 Macrotyloma axillare var. axillare19 Apr 1982EB Best
EB Best 1928 SRGH
In grassland.Mukuvisi Woodland, Harare1,20Zimbabwe1731C3C0

A climber on grasses. Flowers lime-green.

74583 Micromeria imbricata var. imbricata18 Dec 1981EB Best
EB Best 1840 SRGH
Open woodland in shade of tree.Mukuvisi Woodland, Harare1,20Zimbabwe1731C3C1472

Woody herb with many very erect leafy stems and pale mauve-pink flowers.

99117 Parthenium hysterophorus6 Mar 1982EB Best
EB Best 1881 SRGH
On side of earth dam wall above and near waterline. Also in shade on termitariumRainham Dam, Old Gatooma Road0Zimbabwe1730D4C0

Erect annual herb with white flowers

99118 Parthenium hysterophorus5 Dec 1983EB Best
EB Best 1956 SRGH
On sides of dam wall, on summits of termitaria in full sun and shade if tree/bush groups. Termitaria in cattle paddocks grazed bare. Rainham Dam0Zimbabwe1730D4C1472

Erect annual herb with white flowers

24150 Periglossum mackenii14 Jan 1983EB Best
EB Best 1954 SRGH
Mukuvisi Woodland, Blatherwick Avenue end1,20Zimbabwe1731C3C

106610 Polygala petitiana subsp. petitiana var. petitiana8 Mar 1982EB Best
EB Best 1896 SRGH
Amongst grasses in damp placesChiraura vlei, Mukuvisi Woodland10Zimbabwe1731C3C1472

Erect herb to c. 0.75 m, unbranched. Flowers green with blue markings.

84525 Prunus cerasoides4 Apr 1983EB Best
EB Best 2013 SRGH
Mukuvisi Woodland1,20Zimbabwe1731C3C0

41882 Selaginella dregei17 Mar 1984EB Best
EB Best 2108 SRGH
Shallow soil on flat rock, full sun Twentydales, J.Jones' garden fronting Ruwa river, Harare0Zimbabwe1731C3C1500

74176 Sesamum calycinum subsp. pseudoangolense2 Jan 1982EB Best
EB Best 1855 H-D Ihlenfeldt SRGH
Road in Parinari woodland.Makabusi (Mukuvisi) Woodland, Harare.1,20Zimbabwe1731C3 C1470

Erect to somewhat spreading perennial herb with several flower stems from common root. Height c. 1 m. Flowers purple.

84587 Sesbania microphylla8 Mar 1982EB Best
EB Best 1904 SRGH
Chiraura vlei, Mukuvisi Woodland1,20Zimbabwe1731C3C0

116655 Sonchus schweinfurthii8 Mar 1982EB Best
EB Best 1884 SRGH
Chiraura vlei, Mukuvisi Woodland1,20Zimbabwe1731C3C0

24147 Steganotaenia araliacea var. araliacea4 Apr 1983EB Best
EB Best 2014 SRGH
Mukuvisi Woodland1,20Zimbabwe1731C3C

106623 Walleria nutans18 Dec 1983EB Best
EB Best 2087 SRGH
Woodland on steep slopeCraighill0Zimbabwe1731C2C0

Perennial herb with annual stems. Flowers white.


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: Collections made by Brian Best., retrieved 2 March 2024

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