Gynura scandens O. Hoffm.

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Synonyms: Crassocephalum auriformis S.Mo S.Moore
Crassocephalum ruwenzoriensis S.Moore
Crassocephalum scandens (O.Hoffm.) Hiern
Gynura auriformis (S.Moore) S.Moore
Gynura brownii S.Moore
Gynura ruwenzoriensis (S.Moore) S.Moore
Gynura taylorii S.Moore
Senecio agathionanthes Muschl.
Senecio rutshuruensis De Wild.
Senecio seretii De Wild.
Senecio subalatipetiolatus De Wild.
Senecio variostipellatus De Wild.
Common names:
Status: Native
Climbing herb with slightly fleshy stems 1.5–12 m long, unpleasantly smelling. Leaves ovate or triangular, 2.5–12 cm long, 3–5-veined from base, sometimes auriculate, puberulous; margins denticulate to dentate or shallowly lobed. Capitula several to many in terminal corymbs; involucre campanulate, 8–11 mm long. Florets orange or less often yellow, 10–16 mm long. Achenes 4.5 mm long, hairy in the grooves; pappus white, 8–11 mm long.
Derivation of specific name: scandens: climbing, scandent.
Altitude range: 1600 - 1850 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Angola, DRC, Burundi, Rwanda Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia.
Malawi distribution: N,S
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Beentje, H.J. & Ghazanfar, S.A. (eds.) (2005). Compositae (Part 3) Flora of Tropical East Africa Pages 697 - 699. (Includes a picture).

Burrows, J.E. & Willis, C.K. (eds) (2005). Plants of the Nyika Plateau Southern African Botanical Diversity Network Report No. 31 SABONET, Pretoria Pages 95 - 96. (Includes a picture).

Dowsett-Lemaire, F. (1989). The flora and phytogeography of the evergreen forests of Malawi. I: Afromontane and mid-altitude forests; Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg. 59(1/2) Page 23.

Jeffrey, C. (1986). The Senecioneae in East Tropical Africa: Notes on Compositae: IV Kew Bulletin 41(4) Page 929.

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

White, F., Dowsett-Lemaire, F. & Chapman, J.D. (2001). Evergreen forest flora of Malawi Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Page 203. (Includes a picture).

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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: Gynura scandens., retrieved 20 May 2024

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