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Species Information

Alepidea parva Compton
(name current 2016)
(Alepidea sp.)


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.

Regional distribution:
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.

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Compton R H (1967). Plantae Novae Africanae. Series XXXII. Jl. S. Afr. Bot. 33(4):297-298.