Cephalaria petiolata Compton
(name current 2016)
Growth form: Herb
Restricted distribution within southern Africa
Found within protected areas
Swaziland abundance: rare
Swaziland distribution: one quarter degree grid square only
Red Data Book Information:
Status: LR lc
Distribution: Malolotja, Forbes Reef Road
One of the four records in a protected area. The synonym is not used in Swaziland. It is common outside Swaziland.
It is common outside Swaziland.
Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Cephalaria petiolata - Perennial. Aerial shoot solitary. Stem slender, hairless, slightly ribbed, usually unbranched, up to 70 cm high, ending in single flowerhead. Leaves few, stalks slender, up to 20 cm long, blade lance-shaped, pointed, entire or with few short teeth, sparsely hairy on one or both surfaces, up to 9 cm long X 3 cm wide, usually less. Flower-head c 3 cm diam; outer bracts dark-coloured, c 3 mm wide, blunt, inner narrower and pointed, all silky-hairy. Corolla white, silky outside, tube c 7 mm long, lobes c 2 mm long.
* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.