Dicoma tomentosa Cass.

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Dicoma tomentosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
2nd stop, Rimiti West, by rd from Mutare to Birchenough Bridge

Dicoma tomentosa

Photo: Bart Wursten
Little Toms viewing area, Hwange NP

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Status: Native
Erect annual herb. Stems purplish, covered in whitish felt-like hairs. Leaves linear-elliptic, folded upwards along the midrib, green above with short hairs, greyish below, densely covered in felt-like hairs. Capitula axillary, with long, bristly involucres, straw-coloured, tinged or striped with purple. Florets creamy-white.
Derivation of specific name: tomentosa: tomentose, densely woolly
Habitat: In hot and dry areas, in sandy soils or rocky places. Also as a weed of old cultivation and disturbed areas.
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Malawi distribution: S
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Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 20.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 13.

Heath, A. & Heath, R. (2009). Field Guide to the Plants of Northern Botswana including the Okavango Delta Kew Publishing Page 152. (Includes a picture).

Kirby, G. (2013). Wild Flowers of Southeast Botswana Struik Nature, Cape Town South Africa Page 66. (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 24.

Pope, G.V. (1992). Compositae Flora Zambesiaca 6(1) Pages 43 - 44.

Setshogo, M.P. (2005). Preliminary checklist of the plants of Botswana. Sabonet Report no. 37. Sabonet, Pretoria and Gaborone Page 32.

Wild, H. (1972). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca area. 3. Mutisieae. Kirkia 8(2) Pages 188 - 189.

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Flora of Botswana: Dicoma tomentosa
Flora of Caprivi: Dicoma tomentosa
Flora of Mozambique: Dicoma tomentosa
Flora of Zambia: Dicoma tomentosa
Flora of Zimbabwe: Dicoma tomentosa

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Dicoma tomentosa
African Plant Database: Dicoma tomentosa
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Dicoma tomentosa
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Dicoma tomentosa
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Dicoma tomentosa
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iNaturalist: Dicoma tomentosa
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Dicoma tomentosa
JSTOR Plant Science: Dicoma tomentosa
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Dicoma tomentosa
Plants of the World Online: Dicoma tomentosa
Tropicos: Dicoma tomentosa
Wikipedia: Dicoma tomentosa

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: Dicoma tomentosa.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=161950, retrieved 20 May 2024

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