Senecio aetfatensis B. Nord.

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Senecio aetfatensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ridge North of Mt Pheza, Chimanimani Mts National Park, Mozambique.

Senecio aetfatensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ridge North of Mt Pheza, Chimanimani Mts National Park, Mozambique.

Senecio aetfatensis

Photo: Bart Wursten
Ridge North of Mt Pheza, Chimanimani Mts National Park, Mozambique.

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Common names:
Frequency: Local
Status: Native
Much-branched shrubby herb, up to 1.5 m tall. Stems and branches shortly hairy, somewhat brittle. Leaves alternate, sessile, 3-8 cm long, 2-pinnatifid with 4-5 primary lobes on each side, green above, paler beneath, shortly hairy on both surfaces; base running down, auriculate with small dentate ears. Capitula 3-10 forming a lax terminal inflorescence. Involucral bracts 13-21, 1-seriate, linear-lanceolate, 4-5.5 mm long, green with membranous margins. Florets yellow; rays (5)-8; disk-florets 40-60. Pappus with numerous bristles, erect, 3-4 mm long, white with minute hooks.
Notes: This species has only been described fairly recently (1999) and had only been recorded from the Zimbabwe side of the Chimanimani Mts until now.
Derivation of specific name: aetfatensis: after the Association pour l'Etude Taxonomique de la Flore d'Afrique Tropicale (AETFAT). The type specimen was found during its 15th Congres, which was held in Harare, February 1997.
Habitat: Among quartzite rocks in montane grassland
Altitude range: 1400 - 1900 m
Flowering time:
Worldwide distribution: Confined to the Chimanimani Mountains of Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
Mozambique distribution: MS
Growth form(s):
Endemic status: Near Endemic
Red data list status: Vulnerable
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Content last updated: Monday 5 September 2011

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 50.

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.

Golding, J.S. (ed.) (2002). Zimbabwe Plant Red Data List. Southern African Plant Red Data Lists. SABONET 14 Page 163.

Mapaura, A. (2002). Endemic Plant Species of Zimbabwe. Kirkia 18(1) Page 135.

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 28.

Nordenstam, B. (1999). Senecio aetfatensis (Asteraceae: Senecioneae), a new species from Zimbabwe Novon 9(2) Pages 245 - 247. (Includes a picture).

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

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Senecio aetfatensis., retrieved 29 May 2023

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