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Species Information

Afroaster pseudobakerianus (Lippert) J.C. Manning & Goldblatt
(name current 2016)
(Aster harveyanus)
(Aster pseudobakeranus)


Growth form: Shrub
Swaziland abundance: rare
Schedule A

Red Data Book Information:
Status: VU D2 Endemism: Endemic Distribution: Poliniane River, Ukuthula (Mbabane Division), Verdun (Hlatikulu Division) Restricted distribution.

Regional distribution:
Swaziland endemic

Description (Compton's Flora of Swaziland*):
Aster bakeranus - Herbaceous perennial, erect, up to 45 cm high; stems and leaves more or less hairy. Leaves stalkless, lance-shaped, blunt or pointed, margins toothless (minute teeth present occasionally) c 6 cm long x 1 cm wide. Inflorescences solitary or few on long erect stalks; involucral bracts 1 cm long, shortly hairy; flower-head up to c 4 cm diam; ray-florets white or mauve, c 1,3 cm long; disc-florets yellow. Aster harveyanus - Very similar to A. bakeranus and should perhaps be regarded as same species. Hairless, apart from occasional hairs near base of stem and on involucral bracts.

* Where species names have changed, these have been matched according to herbarium specimens quoted in this publication.

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Hilliard, O.M. (1977). Compositae in Natal. University of Natal Press, Pietermaritzburg.

Lippert W. (1973). Revision der Gattung Aster in Africa. Mitt. Bot. Stsamnl. Munchen 11:243-246

Manning, J & Goldblatt P (2012). Plants of the Greater Cape Floristic Region. Strelitzia 29.