Elephantopus scaber L.
subsp. plurisetus (O. Hoffm.) Philipson
var. plurisetus

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Elephantopus scaber subsp. plurisetus var. plurisetus

Photo: Mark Hyde
25, Trafalgar Avenue, Sentosa, Harare

Elephantopus scaber subsp. plurisetus var. plurisetus

Photo: Mark Hyde
25, Trafalgar Avenue, Sentosa, Harare

Elephantopus scaber subsp. plurisetus var. plurisetus

Photo: Mark Hyde
25, Trafalgar Avenue, Sentosa, Harare

Elephantopus scaber subsp. plurisetus var. plurisetus

Photo: Mark Hyde
25, Trafalgar Avenue, Sentosa, Harare

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Status: Native
Description:
Erect perennial herb. Stems to c. 1.3 m tall arising from a rosette of narrowly oblanceolate to ovate-elliptic basal leaves; cauline leaves 1-5, smaller than the basal, sessile and clasping the stem, grading into the bracts of the synflorescence. Capitula sessile, crowded into glomerules, 1.2 - 3 cm in diameter; each glomerule subtended by ovate leaf-like bracts. Florets 4 per capitulum. Phyllaries with sharp apices and membranous margins. Corolla mauve. Achenes c. 10-ribbed, minutely bristly mainly on the ribs; pappus of 7-10 objects, each scale-like below, tapering into a bristle above.
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Habitat: Miombo woodland and wooded grassland, often in rocky places
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Worldwide distribution: Angola, Tanzania, DRC, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe distribution: N,C
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Images last updated: Saturday 8 July 2017
Literature:

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 93. (Includes a picture).

Pope, G.V. (1992). Compositae Flora Zambesiaca 6(1) Pages 186 - 188. (Includes a picture).


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Kew Herbarium catalogue: Elephantopus scaber
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Elephantopus scaber
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Zimbabwe: Species information: Elephantopus scaber subsp. plurisetus var. plurisetus.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=158610, retrieved 20 September 2017

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