Eriocaulon pictum Fritsch

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Eriocaulon pictum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lake Kaulime, Nyika National Park

Eriocaulon pictum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lake Kaulime, Nyika National Park

Eriocaulon pictum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lake Kaulime, Nyika National Park

Eriocaulon pictum

Photo: Bart Wursten
Lake Kaulime, Nyika National Park

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Synonyms: Eriocaulon amphibium Rendle
Common names:
Status: Native
Perennial herb, growing from a short rhizome, often forming clusters of leaf rosettes. Leaves lanceolate, 4-10 cm long, thick and spongy, yellow-green, often with a hard yellow-brown tip, woolly in the axils. Flowering stem often solitary, 25-65 cm high, 6-8-ribbed, sheaths usually much longer than the leaf rosette, often ragged at the mouth. Capitulum subglobose, 8-12 mm wide, grey, becoming white; involucral bracts shorter than capitulum, broadly elliptic, c. 3 mm long, yellow, brown or coppery. Flowers c. 5 mm long greyish-white with hairy tips; male flowers with black anthers.
Derivation of specific name:
Habitat: In seasonal pools, swampy ground and peat bogs.
Altitude range: 1500 - 2350 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, southern Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Malawi distribution: N
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Content last updated: Wednesday 10 October 2018

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Page 307.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 16.

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 90.

Phillips, S.M. (1998). Eriocaulaceae of the Flora Zambesiaca area Kirkia 17(1) Pages 27 - 28.

Phillips, S.M. (2010). Eriocaulaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(4) Pages 48 - 49.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 114.

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Eriocaulon pictum., retrieved 22 March 2023

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