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Species Information

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.

Regional distribution:
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.

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Compton R H (1967). Plantae Novae Africanae. Series XXXII. Jl. S. Afr. Bot. 33(4):298-299.