Galinsoga parviflora Cav.

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Galinsoga parviflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Galinsoga parviflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

Galinsoga parviflora

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ndundu Lodge, Vumba

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Common names: Chickweed (English) Gallant soldier (English) Kew weed (English)
Status: Introduced
Annual herb to 60 cm. Leaves: petiole up to 1.5 cm; lamina up to 6 × 3.5 cm, ovate; margin crenate-dentate to subentire. Peduncle hairs usually short, c. 0.2 mm long, appressed-ascending, intermingled with a few glandular hairs. Capitula c.5 mm in diameter. Receptacular scales usually 3-lobed, the central lobe the largest. Pappus of very narrowly ovate scales, fringed with hairs, without a terminal projection.
Derivation of specific name: parviflora: small-flowered
Habitat: In disturbed ground, such as gardens, roadsides, stream sides and in woodland.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Sep - May
Worldwide distribution: Native of South America, but well naturalised in tropical, subtropical and even temperate areas of the world.
Malawi distribution: C,S
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Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 89. As Galinsoga sp

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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 Malawi: Species information: Galinsoga parviflora., retrieved 28 February 2024

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