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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania to S. Tropical Africa.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
A shrub or small tree 1–4 m. tall; branches leafy, densely greyish appressed tomentellous at first, becoming less densely so and exposing lenticels on older branches, the indumentum of matted T-shaped hairs.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves petiolate; petiole 2–8 mm. long with an indumentum similar to that of branches; lamina mostly 3–6.5 x 1.5–3 cm., sometimes smaller, less often up to c. 8 x 4 cm., elliptic to oblong-ovate or obovate, apex subacute to rounded, base cuneate sometimes unequal, margins subentire to obscurely serrulate, subcoriaceous and discolorous, upper surface green, glandular otherwise glabrous, lower surface densely greyish tomentellous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Capitulum
Capitula massed in 1-many small dense subumbellate clusters 1–4 cm. across, the clusters 4–15-capitulate and arranged at ends of twigs or sometimes the capitula becoming fewer with subumbels reduced to 2–3 distinctly stalked, laxly arranged capitula in abbreviated panicles.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Involucre
Involucres usually 6–8 x 2.5 mm., subcylindric gradually narrowing to apex, sometimes up to c. 10 x 4.5 mm. and narrowly ovoid.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Phyllaries
Phyllaries tightly appressed-imbricate, outermost c. 1 mm. long and broadly ovate-acute, longer towards the inside becoming oblong-oblanceolate, rounded and scarious at apex; inner up to 8–10 mm. long, lamina glabrous with margins ± araneose-ciliate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Florets 4–12 per capitulum; corollas white or pale-mauve, up to c. 9 mm. long, narrowly funnel-shaped.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achenes 3–4 mm. long, narrowly turbinate to subcylindric and tapering towards the base, somewhat 3–4-angular and 4–6-ribbed, glabrous seldom sparsely hispidulous; pappus long-exserted beyond involucre, outer pappus of short linear-lanceolate scales, inner of whitish or straw-coloured flattened setae 5–6 mm. long and serrulate-barbellate on edges.

[FTEA]

Compositae, H. Beentje, C. Jeffrey & D.J.N. Hind. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2005

Morphology General Habit
Shrub 1.8-2.4 m tall (in the F.Z. area occasionally a small tree to 4 m); bark grey, flaking in small pieces; stems densely tomentose with asymmetrically T-shaped hairs.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves petiolate, elliptic, 1-6.6 cm long, 0.8-3.7 cm wide, base cuneate, margins minutely denticulate, apex obtuse to acute, apiculate, green and glabrous above, silvery with dense tomentum beneath; petiole 2-8 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Capitulum
Capitula in small terminal corymbiform cymes; involucre subcylindric, 6-10 mm long; phyllaries 6-seriate, broadly ovate to oblong, 6.5-10 mm long, the inner slightly expanded, obtuse to rounded, obscurely apiculate, pale green, hairy at apex, the inner scarious.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Florets 4-12 per capitulum; corolla white tinged mauve, 8-9 mm long, lobes 2.5-2.7 mm long, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achenes 3-4.5 mm long, 5-ribbed, glabrous; outer pappus linear to lanceolate, 0.7-1.8 mm long, inner pappus white or pale yellow, 5-7 mm long.
Figures
Fig. 38/2 (involucre), p. 168.
Habitat
Rocky hillsides in deciduous woodland; 1500-1700 m
Distribution
T4 T7

Native to:

Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Gymnanthemum bellinghamii (S.Moore) H.Rob. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1997 Goetze, W. [713], Tanzania Vernonia bellinghamii K000272963
Oct 1, 1987 Johnson, W.P. [48], Mozambique Vernonia bellinghamii K000273041 syntype
Oct 1, 1987 Buchanan, J. [1136], Malawi Vernonia bellinghamii K000273042 syntype
Oct 1, 1987 Buchanan, J. [1124], Malawi Vernonia bellinghamii K000273043 syntype
Oct 1, 1987 Kenyon, E. [75], Malawi Vernonia bellinghamii K000273044
Oct 1, 1987 Rogers, F.A. [8310], Zambia Vernonia bellinghamii K000273045 Unknown type material
Rogers, F.A. [26067], Zambia Vernonia bellinghamii K000273046 syntype

First published in Proc. Biol. Soc. Washington 112: 240 (1999)

Accepted by

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

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