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Afroaster pseudobakerianus (Lippert) J.C. Manning & Goldblatt
(name current 2016)
Growth form: Shrub
Swaziland abundance: rare
Red Data Book Information:
Status: VU D2
Distribution: Poliniane River, Ukuthula (Mbabane Division), Verdun (Hlatikulu Division)
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.
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.