Gutenbergia westii (Wild) Wild & G.V. Pope

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Gutenbergia westii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Nhamdazi River, lower Chimanimani Conservation Area.

Gutenbergia westii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Northern slopes below Mt Dombe, Chimanimani Mts

Gutenbergia westii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Northern slopes below Mt Dombe, Chimanimani Mts

Gutenbergia westii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along Nhamdazi River, lower Chimanimani Conservation Area.

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Synonyms: Erlangea westii Wild
Common names:
Frequency: Locally common
Status: Native
Branching perennial herb up to c. 1m tall. Stems covered in appressed, T-shaped hairs. Leaves alternate, 3-9 cm long, ovate-lanceolate to narrowly elliptic, green and finely pubescent with T-shaped hairs above, white-felted beneath; apex with a mucronate tip; margin entire or with a few very small teeth. Capitula many in laxly branched heads. Involucres up to 10 × 13 mm; florets mauve-purple, 7-8 mm long. Achenes c. 1.5 mm long, strongly c. 6-ribbed; pappus of few, short-lived, barbed setae, c. 2 mm long.
Derivation of specific name: westii: named after Oliver West (1910 - ?), who collected the type specimen.
Habitat: On quartzite soils in Uapaca sansibarica and open Brachystegia woodland in the Chimanimani Mountains
Altitude range: 1200 - 1900 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Chimanimani Mts of Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Also Serra Mocuta.
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
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Content last updated: Friday 9 September 2011

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 29.

Darbyshire, I., Timberlake, J., Osborne, J., Rokni, S., Matimele, H., Langa. C., Datizua, C., de Sousa, C., Alves, T., Massingue, A., Hadj-Hammou, J., Dhanda, S., Shah, T., Wursten, B. (2019). The endemic plants of Mozambique: diversity and conservation status Phytotaxa 136 Page 81.

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 134.

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 25.

Pope, G.V. (1992). Compositae Flora Zambesiaca 6(1) Page 156.

Wild, H. (1964). The endemic species of the Chimanimani Mountains and their significance Kirkia 4 Page 151. Protologue as Erlangea westii

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 89.

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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Gutenbergia westii
Plants of the World Online: Gutenbergia westii
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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Gutenbergia westii., retrieved 21 April 2024

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