Chascanum pinnatifidum (L.f.) E. Mey.
var. pinnatifidum

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Chascanum pinnatifidum var. pinnatifidum

Photo: Orty Bourquin
Modisa Wildlife Project,Grassland Game Farm, Ghanzi district,

Chascanum pinnatifidum var. pinnatifidum

Photo: Orty Bourquin
Modisa Wildlife Project,Grassland Game Farm, Ghanzi district,

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Synonyms: Bouchea pinnatifida (L.f.) Schauer
Buchnera pinnatifida L.f.
Plexipus pinnatifidus (L.f.) R.R. Fern.
Common names:
Status: Native
Bushy perennial herb, up to c. 60 cm tall, growing from a woody taproot. Most parts puberulous with short stiff, glandular hairs. Stems branching near the base; branches erect or spreading, sometimes slightly 4-angled. Leaves opposite, subsessile or shortly petiolate, bright green, 1-5 cm long, deeply pinnately lobed with lobes mostly narrowly oblong to linear, up to 2 cm long. Inflorescences in terminal spikes, up to 6.5 cm long; bracts 4-5 mm long, linear lanceolate. Calyx 10-14 mm long, straight. Corolla short-lived, cream to yellowish-green; tube slender, 1.8-2.5 cm long, abruptly expanding into a flat, 5-lobed limb.
Derivation of specific name: pinnatifidum: pinnatifid, referring to the deeply incised leaves.
Habitat: In various types of dry deciduous woodland, open short grassland, on stony hillsides and along margins of pans, mostly in sandy soil.
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Limpopo, North West, Free State, Northern Cape, South Africa.
Botswana distribution: N,SW,SE
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Content last updated: Thursday 4 February 2016

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 8.

Fernandes, R. (2005). Verbenaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(7) Pages 48 - 49. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 119. (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 82.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 110.

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Flora of Zimbabwe: Chascanum pinnatifidum var. pinnatifidum

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Chascanum pinnatifidum
African Plant Database: Chascanum pinnatifidum
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Chascanum pinnatifidum
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Chascanum pinnatifidum
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Chascanum pinnatifidum
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iNaturalist: Chascanum pinnatifidum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Chascanum pinnatifidum
JSTOR Plant Science: Chascanum pinnatifidum
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Chascanum pinnatifidum
Plants of the World Online: Chascanum pinnatifidum
Tropicos: Chascanum pinnatifidum
Wikipedia: Chascanum pinnatifidum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Species information: Chascanum pinnatifidum var. pinnatifidum., retrieved 21 May 2024

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