Gnaphalium polycaulon Pers.

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Gnaphalium polycaulon

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Nr Odzani R. bridge

Gnaphalium polycaulon

Photo: Bart Wursten
Greystone Park Nature Reserve

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Synonyms: Gnaphalium multicaule Willd.
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Status: Native
Annual herb, branching from the base, up to 25 cm tall but often flowering when only a few cm tall. All parts more or less densely covered in white cobweb-like wool. Leaves sessile or shortly petiolate, spathulate, 1-7 cm long, mucronate at the apex; margin entire. Inflorescence in a terminal spike with leaf-like bracts. Involucral bracts c. 3-seriate, oblong, c. 2 mm long, pale buff or purple-tinged. Florets small, numerous, whitish.
Derivation of specific name: polycaulon: with many stems
Habitat: As a weed in damp places.
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Widespread in Asia, Australia, West Indies, Brazil, Egypt, Tropical and South Africa
Botswana distribution: N,SE
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Hilliard, O.M. (1983). Asteraceae, Inuleae, Gnaphaliinae Flora of Southern Africa 33-7-2 Pages 26 - 27.

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 25.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 34.

Wild, H. (1980). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca area, 12. Inuleae (continued). Kirkia 12(1) Pages 73 - 74.

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Flora of Zimbabwe: Gnaphalium polycaulon

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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: Gnaphalium polycaulon., retrieved 30 May 2024

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