Gerbera piloselloides (L.) Cass.

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Gerbera piloselloides

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Along path to Mt Binga above Nhamadzi River crossing, Chimanimani National Reserve

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Synonyms: Piloselloides hirsuta (Forrsk.) C. Jeffrey ex Cuf.
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Status: Native
Perennial herb, up to 40 cm. Leaves basal, somewhat pilose on both surfaces, margins entire. Stems erect, distinctly swollen near the apex, covered in velvet hairs, often turning golden brown. Capitula solitary and terminal; outer florets white, often tinged deep reddish purple, inner florets white. The florets normally not spreading widely. See G. viridifolia for comparison.
Derivation of specific name: piloselloides: like the genus Pilosella (a genus of Eurasian composites - Hawkweeds)
Habitat: In highveld and submontane grassland and miombo woodland, often flowering after fire.
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Worldwide distribution: Africa,Yemen, E Himalayas, Thailand, S China and Java
Mozambique distribution: N,Z,MS,M
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Content last updated: Sunday 23 February 2020

Bandeira, S., Bolnick, D. & Barbosa, F. (2007). Wild Flowers of Southern Mozambique Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique Page 216. (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 Page 95.

Chapano, C. & Mamuto, M. (2003). Plants of the Chimanimani District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 28.

Chapano, C. & Mugarisanwa, N.H. (2003). Plants of the Matobo District National Herbarium and Botanic Garden, Zimbabwe Page 18.

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) Pages 45 - 49. (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 53.

Wild, H. (1972). The Compositae of the Flora Zambesiaca area. 3. Mutisieae. Kirkia 8(2) Pages 206 - 207. as Piloselloides hirsuta

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 2007-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Mozambique: Species information: Gerbera piloselloides., retrieved 27 November 2021

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