Vernonia wollastonii S.Moore

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Vernonia wollastonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Morumbodzi Falls, Mt Gorongosa

Vernonia wollastonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Morumbodzi Falls, Mt Gorongosa

Vernonia wollastonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Morumbodzi Falls, Mt Gorongosa

Vernonia wollastonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Small stream in upper Jizira Valley, Mt Gorongosa

Vernonia wollastonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path to Mt Pheza, Chimanimani Mts

Vernonia wollastonii

Photo: Bart Wursten
At waterfall in Muvumodzi River close to junction with Mucandue River, eastern Chimanimani Mts.

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Synonyms: Vernonia gracilipes S. Moore
Vernonia transvaalensis S. Moore
Vernonia umbratica Oberm.
Common names: Forest vernonia (English)
Frequency: Frequent in suitable habitats
Status: Native
A rather lax scrambling shrub. Leaves alternate to sub-opposite, elliptic, up to 14 cm long, dark green above, paler below, thinly textured, mostly hairless except for some scattered hairs below; veining distinctly sunken above, raised below; margin with sharply forward pointing teeth. Capitula in lax terminal heads, pale mauve, pink or violet.
Derivation of specific name: wollastonii: named after A.F.R. Wollaston, explorer of the Ruwenzori Mts on the border of Uganda and DR Congo in 1906
Habitat: Along the margins of evergreen forest, in clearings and along streams.
Altitude range:
Flowering time:Aug - Sep
Worldwide distribution: Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, DRC, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Mozambique distribution: Z,MS
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Content last updated: Wednesday 11 July 2012

Burrows, J.E., Burrows, S.M., Lötter, M.C. & Schmidt, E. (2018). Trees and Shrubs Mozambique Publishing Print Matters (Pty), Cape Town. Page 1029. (Includes a picture).

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 58.

Drummond, R.B. (1975). A list of trees, shrubs and woody climbers indigenous or naturalised in Rhodesia. Kirkia 10(1) Page 278. As Vernonia umbratica

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 29.

Pope, G.V. (1992). Compositae Flora Zambesiaca 6(1) Pages 79 - 80. (Includes a picture).

Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A Checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mount Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34 National Botanic Garden of Belgium Page 61.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 90.

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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: Vernonia wollastonii., retrieved 27 May 2024

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