Aspilia mossambicensis (Oliv.) Wild

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Aspilia mossambicensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Twentydales Ext, Harare

Aspilia mossambicensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Twentydales Ext, Harare

Aspilia mossambicensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
4km before Wengezi junction coming from Chimanimani

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Synonyms: Menotriche strigosa Steetz
Wedelia diversipapposa S. Moore
Wedelia menotriche Oliv. & Hiern
Wedelia mossambicensis Oliv.
Common names:
Shrubby perennial with rather stiff branches, growing up to 1.5 m tall. Leaves narrowly ovate or elliptic, up to 13 cm long, roughly hairy above, densely hairy but softer below, 3-veined from the base, veins impressed above; margin finely toothed to almost entire. Capitula in lax terminal heads, golden yellow to orange. Ray-florets c. 10-12, 7-18 mm long with 3 small teeth at the apex.
Derivation of specific name: mossambicensis: of Mozambique
Habitat: In various types of woodland, also in disturbed areas.
Flowering time:Oct - Mar
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Lesotho and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Botswana distribution: N
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Baumann, G. (2005). Photographic Guide to Wildflowers of Malawi Wildlife and Environmental Society of Malawi Pages 172 - 173. (Includes a picture).

Beentje, H.J. & Ghazanfar, S.A. (eds.) (2005). Compositae (Part 3) Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 751 - 753. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 81.

Da Silva, M.C., Izidine, S. & Amude, A.B. (2004). A preliminary checklist of the vascular plants of Mozambique. Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 30 Sabonet, Pretoria Page 29.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 203. (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 23.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 28.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 31.

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 50.

Wild, H. (1966). The African Species of the Genus Aspilia Thouars Kirkia 5(2) Pages 221 - 225.

Wild, H. (1967). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca area. 1. Heliantheae. Kirkia 6(1) Pages 46 - 48.

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Flora of Zimbabwe: Aspilia mossambicensis

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Aspilia mossambicensis
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Aspilia mossambicensis
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Wikipedia: Aspilia mossambicensis

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: Aspilia mossambicensis., retrieved 23 July 2024

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