1. Family: Asteraceae Bercht. & J.Presl
    1. Genus: Parapolydora H.Rob.
      1. Parapolydora fastigiata (Oliv. & Hiern) H.Rob.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Zimbabwe to S. Africa.

    [FZ]

    Compositae, G. V. Pope. Flora Zambesiaca 6:1. 1992

    Habit
    A bushy annual herb, sometimes perennial with the development of a woody rootstock.
    Stem
    Stems up to c. 1 m. tall, branched, leafy, ribbed, puberulous to scabridulous or glabrescent.
    Leaves
    Leaves subsessile, up to c. 9 x 0.8 cm., linear, rarely up to 9 x 2 cm. and oblanceolate; apex acute mucronate or acuminate; margins ± revolute and entire or remotely serrate-dentate; lamina sparsely puberulent on both surfaces becoming scabridulous on the upper surface and on the raised main nerves beneath, or glabrescent, minutely gland-pitted especially beneath.
    Capitulum
    Capitula few to many, solitary and terminal on long leafy or bracteate branches.
    Involucre
    Involucres 8–14 x 12–25 mm., campanulate becoming spreading obconic.
    Phyllaries
    Phyllaries numerous, longer towards the inside, dark-green becoming purplish apically, white or brownish woolly-araneose, the matted hairs binding the phyllaries together, apical bristles 2–7 mm. long, usually squarrose; the outer series linear-lanceolate, attenuate-pungent or subulate, the outermost ± curved or reflexed; the middle phyllaries narrowly lanceolate and long bristle-Upped; the inner phyllaries up to c. 14 mm. long, linear or gently tapered to a pungent awn.
    Receptacle
    Receptacle alveolate.
    Corolla
    Corollas purple to pale-mauve, up to c. 12 mm. long, narrowly tubular, widening slightly towards the apex.
    Fruits
    Achenes black when mature, up to c. 4 mm. long, subcylindric, tapering to the base, ± angular or faintly c. 10-ribbed, sericeous or strigose; outer pappus of short barbellate setae c. 0.5 mm. long; inner pappus of copious brownish, grey or sometimes sordid, somewhat flattened, subplumose setae 5–7 mm. long.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Botswana, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Zimbabwe

    Parapolydora fastigiata (Oliv. & Hiern) H.Rob. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Baines [s.n.], South Africa Vernonia fastigiata K000273249 syntype
    Baines, T. [s.n.], Botswana Vernonia fastigiata K000273105 syntype

    First published in Phytologia 87(2): 79 (2005)

    Accepted by

    • Roskov Y. & al. (eds.) (2018). Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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    Plants and People Africa
    Common Names from Plants and People Africa http://www.plantsandpeopleafrica.com/
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