Monactinocephalus shirensis Oliv.

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Monactinocephalus shirensis

Photo: Penny English
Near the Thazima offices, Nyika National Park.

Monactinocephalus shirensis

Photo: Penny English
Near the Thazima offices, Nyika National Park.

Monactinocephalus shirensis

Photo: Penny English
Near the Thazima offices, Nyika National Park.

Monactinocephalus shirensis

Photo: Penny English
Near the Thazima offices, Nyika National Park.

Monactinocephalus shirensis

Photo: Penny English
Near the Thazima offices, Nyika National Park.

Monactinocephalus shirensis

Photo: Penny English
Near the Thazima offices, Nyika National Park.

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Status: Native
Description:
Robust perennial herb, up to more than 1.5 m high. Stem simple, erect, densely hairy with tubercle-based hairs. Leaves at the base broadly oblong-elliptic, up to 45 cm long, hairy with tubercle-based hairs, more densely so on the veins and midrib beneath; margin crenate-sinuate; petiole hairy, up to 5 cm long. Leaves along the stem lanceolate, up to 7 cm long, sessile and clasping the stem. Inflorescence terminal and axillary clusters of 1-5 capitula. Involucres up to 5.5 cm wide, more or less hemispheric, flattened at the base; bracts in 5 or more series, outer ovate-lanceolate, c. 1.5 cm long, densely hairy outside; inner bracts narrower and longer, up to 2.5 cm. Ray-florets numerous, yellow, 3-toothed at the apex; disk-florets up to 1 cm long, yellow.
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Derivation of specific name: shirensis: of the Shire Highlands in Malawi.
Habitat: In montane grassland, Miombo woodland and along edges of dambos.
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Worldwide distribution: Congo-Brazzaville, DRC, Rwanda, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.
Malawi distribution: N,C,S
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Content last updated: Wednesday 23 September 2020
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 99. As Inula shirensis

Gutiérrez-Larruscain, D., Santos-Vicente, M., Anderberg, A.A., Rico, E. & Martínez-Ortega, M.M. (2018). Phylogeny of the Inula group (Asteraceae: Inuleae): Evidence from nuclear and plastid genomes and a recircumscription of Pentanema Taxon 67(1) Page 158.

Phiri, P.S.M. (2005). A Checklist of Zambian Vascular Plants Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 32 Page 31. As Inula shirensis

Wild, H. (1980). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca area, 12. Inuleae (continued). Kirkia 12(1) Pages 43 - 44. As Inula shirensis

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Monactinocephalus shirensis.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=171490, retrieved 27 October 2020

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