Alepidea parva Compton
(name current 2016)
Growth form: Herb
Found within protected areas
Swaziland distribution: highveld only
Red Data Book Information:
Status: LR lc
Threats: Collection, mining
Distribution: Ngwenya Mountains near Mbabane, Malolotja
Reported to be threatened outside Swaziland. Used for its medicinal properties.
Reported to be threatened outside Swaziland.???
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Alepidea parva - Leaves in dense basal tuft, stalk up to 1,5 cm long, blade oval, blunt at both ends, up to 2 cm long X 8 mm wide, fringed with numerous tapering bristles up to 5 mm or more long. Stem slender, up to 25 cm high, bearing few narrow vestigial leaves fringed with long bristles, pressed against stem. Flower-heads usually two, c 15 mm diam, larger bracts up to 3 mm wide, all white.
* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.