Pluchea dioscoridis (L.) DC.

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Pluchea dioscoridis

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Guluji river drift between park gate and Chipinda Pools tented camp, Gonarezhou National Park.

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Synonyms: Baccharis dioscoridis L.
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Status: Native
Much-branched, shrub-like, aromatic perennial, up to 2.5 m. Branches viscid-glandular when young. Leaves narrowly elliptic to narrowly obovate-oblong; margins entire or minutely serrulate. Inflorescences terminal, much-branched with dense glandular hairs on the branches. Capitula purple.
Derivation of specific name: dioscoridis: named after the ancient Greek physician, Pedacius Dioscorides
Habitat: In moist places, usually in sandy ground near rivers.
Flowering time:Jun - Aug
Worldwide distribution: From Egypt through the eastern side of Africa as far as Eswatini and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Botswana distribution: N
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Content last updated: Saturday 3 March 2012

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Schmidt, E., Lötter, M. & McCleland, W. (2002). Trees and shrubs of Mpumalanga and Kruger National Park Jacana, Johannesburg, South Africa Pages 666 - 667. (Includes a picture).

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

Wild, H. (1968-9). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca area. 2. Inuleae (in part). Kirkia 7(1) Page 133.

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Pluchea dioscoridis
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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Pluchea dioscoridis
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pluchea dioscoridis
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Wikipedia: Pluchea dioscoridis

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: Pluchea dioscoridis., retrieved 25 June 2024

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