Aster chimanimaniensis Lippert

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Aster chimanimaniensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path before summit Mt Binga, Chimanimani National Park.

Aster chimanimaniensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path before summit Mt Binga, Chimanimani National Park.

Aster chimanimaniensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path before summit Mt Binga, Chimanimani National Park.

Aster chimanimaniensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path before summit Mt Binga, Chimanimani National Park.

Aster chimanimaniensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path before summit Mt Binga, Chimanimani National Park.

Aster chimanimaniensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path before summit Mt Binga, Chimanimani National Park.

Aster chimanimaniensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Along path before summit Mt Binga, Chimanimani National Park.

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Frequency: Rare and local
Status: Native
Description:
Perennial herb, up to 25 cm tall. Leaves mostly basal or in the lower fifth of the stem, elliptic, 2.5-5 cm long, 3-5-veined from the base, leathery, shortly hairy on the veins and margin; margin often purplish, with a few glandular teeth in the upper half. Capitula solitary or rarely 2 together. Involucral bracts elliptic, up to 10 mm long, hairless or with a few hairs. Disk florets yellow; ray-florets 10-15 with ligules 10-12 mm long, white with 3 small teeth at the apex.
Notes: This species is easily distinguished from it closest relative, the more widespread Aster harveyanus by its much smaller habit, the almost basal leaves and the solitary flowers.
Derivation of specific name: chimanimaniensis: of the Chimanimani mountains
Habitat: In montane grassland on quartzite sandy soil.
Altitude range: 1580 - 2400 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Only known from the Chimanimani Mts in Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
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Content last updated: Monday 20 December 2021
Literature:

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 8.

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.

Lippert, W. (1973). Revision der Gattung Aster in Afrika Mitteilungen der Botanischen Staatssammlung M√ľnchen. 11 Pages 206 - 208. Protologue (Includes a picture).

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 133.

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 23.

Wursten, B., Timberlake, J. & Darbyshire, I. (2017). The Chimanimani Mountains: an updated checklist. Kirkia 19(1) Page 88.

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Flora of Zimbabwe: Aster chimanimaniensis

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Aster chimanimaniensis
African Plant Database: Aster chimanimaniensis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Aster chimanimaniensis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Aster chimanimaniensis
ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Aster chimanimaniensis
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Aster chimanimaniensis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Aster chimanimaniensis
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network): Aster chimanimaniensis
iNaturalist: Aster chimanimaniensis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Aster chimanimaniensis
JSTOR Plant Science: Aster chimanimaniensis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Aster chimanimaniensis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Aster chimanimaniensis
Plants of the World Online: Aster chimanimaniensis
Tropicos: Aster chimanimaniensis
Wikipedia: Aster chimanimaniensis


Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Aster chimanimaniensis.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/species.php?species_id=158740, retrieved 10 December 2022

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