Brachythrix pawekiae Wild & G.V. Pope

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Brachythrix pawekiae

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Dam 2, Nyika National Park

Brachythrix pawekiae

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Dam 2, Nyika National Park

Brachythrix pawekiae

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Dam 2, Nyika National Park

Brachythrix pawekiae

Photo: Bart Wursten
Near Dam 2, Nyika National Park

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Frequency: Occasional
Status: Native
Description:
Ascending to suberect perennial herb 20–40 cm tall, with annual stems growing from a small woody rootstock and short tuberous roots. Stems single, purple, sparsely branching above, shortly hairy. Leaves mostly in the midle part of the stem and longest, narrowly oblong-elliptic, 3–9 cm long, sparsely shortly hairy above; strigose beneath, particularly on the veins; margin subentire or with widely spaced teeth. Capitula solitary at the end of each branch; branches up to c. 6 cm long, together forming a lax cymosehead. Involucres up to 10 mm long and slighrly wider than long. Bracts many-seriate, finely tapering to a bristle tip, very narrowly lanceolate, hairy. Florets c. 70 per capitulum. Corollas purple, 5–6 mm long. Achenes subcylindric to narrowly turbinate, 1.5–2 mm long, more or less quadrangular and narrowly ribbed on the angles; pappus 2-seriate, outer reduced to a low rim of small lacerate scales, inner of caducous brown barbellate setae 1–2 mm long.
Notes:
Derivation of specific name: pawekiae: after Jean Pawek (1927-), school teacher in Malawi and one of the most prolific collector of plants in Malawi, particularly on the Nyika Plateau.
Habitat: Montane grassland.
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Worldwide distribution: Only known from the Nyika Plateau in Malawi.
Malawi distribution: N
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Endemic status: Endemic
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Content last updated: Wednesday 8 May 2019
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 86.

Pope, G.V. (1992). Compositae Flora Zambesiaca 6(1) Pages 178 - 180. (Includes a picture).

Wild, H. & Pope, G.V. (1977). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca area. 9. Vernonieae (Brachythrix and Hoehnelia). Kirkia 11(1) Pages 139 - 141. (Includes a picture).

Wild, H. & Pope, G.V. (1978). Brachythrix: a new genus of the tribe Vernonieae (Compositae) from South Central Africa. Kirkia 11(1) Pages 29 - 30. Protologue

Willis, C.K., Burrows, J.E., Fish, L., Phiri, P.S.M., Chikuni, A.C. & Golding, J. (2001). Developing a greater understanding of the flora of the Nyika Syst. Geogr. Pl. 71(2) Page 999.

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Brachythrix pawekiae
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Brachythrix pawekiae
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Brachythrix pawekiae
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Brachythrix pawekiae
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Brachythrix pawekiae
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Brachythrix pawekiae
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Brachythrix pawekiae
JSTOR Plant Science: Brachythrix pawekiae
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Brachythrix pawekiae
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Brachythrix pawekiae
Plants of the World Online: Brachythrix pawekiae
The Plant List (version 1.1): Brachythrix pawekiae
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Malawi: Species information: Brachythrix pawekiae.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=223490, retrieved 6 December 2019

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