Aspilia pluriseta Schweinf.
subsp. pluriseta

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Aspilia pluriseta subsp. pluriseta

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Along main road from Thazima Gate near elephant Sanctuary, Nyika National Park.

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Synonyms: Aspilia asperifolia O. Hoffm.
Aspilia brachyphylla S. Moore
Aspilia vulgaris N.E. Br.
Common names: Dwarf aspilia (English)
Status: Native
Prostrate or suberect, perennial herb, with branches 30-60 cm. Leaves ± sessile; lamina up to c.4 × 2.5 cm, ovate; margin serrate. Capitula up to 1.8 cm in diameter. Receptacular scales 7-11 mm, obovate, abruptly ending in a long and very narrow, scaberulous tip (especially in fruit when they exceed the phyllaries). Rays 10-15 mm, c.10-15, yellow. Achenes c.3.5 mm, obovoid and ± flattened, pubescent. Cupule of the pappus lacerate; setae 0 (but sometimes a few lacerations exceed the remainder).
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Habitat: In open woodland and grassland.
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Flowering time:Oct - Mar
Worldwide distribution: DRC, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Limpopo, Mpumalanga, South Africa.
Malawi distribution: N,C
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Content last updated: Saturday 13 July 2019

Beentje, H.J. & Ghazanfar, S.A. (eds.) (2005). Compositae (Part 3) Flora of Tropical East Africa Page 749.

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. as Aspilia pluriseta (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 7.

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.

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. As Aspilia pluriseta

Wild, H. (1966). The African Species of the Genus Aspilia Thouars Kirkia 5(2) Pages 210 - 212.

Wild, H. (1967). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca area. 1. Heliantheae. Kirkia 6(1) Pages 43 - 44.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 88.

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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: Aspilia pluriseta subsp. pluriseta., retrieved 26 September 2023

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