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  1. Family: Caprifoliaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Scabiosa L.
      1. Scabiosa austroafricana Heine

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Kenya to S. Africa.

    [FTEA]

    Dipsacaceae, D. M. Napper. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1968

    Habit
    Perennial herb, 0.15–1.2 m. high, with erect pubescent or glabrous stems.
    Leaves
    Leaves markedly heterophyllous, glabrous or pubescent, the radical ones sessile, toothed or lobed in the lower part, lanceolate, often narrowing to a scarcely winged midrib and appearing lanceolate; lower stem-leaves similar to the radical ones but more deeply lobed, 2–24 cm. long, 0.5–3 cm. broad, with the lobes narrowly linear, rarely toothed or entire; upper stem-leaves smaller, deeply dissected with linear segments.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence of 1 to several heads (2–)2.5–3.5(–4) cm. in diameter.
    Bracts
    Bracts of the receptacle linear-lanceolate, acute, 3–5 mm. long, pubescent above. Involucral bracts lanceolate, pubescent, from half the length of the marginal flowers to longer than them.
    Bracteoles
    Involucel 8-furrowed, pubescent, becoming 4–6 mm. long in fruit including the membranous, entire, 1.5–2 mm. long, conspicuously veined limb.
    Calyx
    Calyx small, pilose, with bristles 5.5–10 mm. long.
    Corolla
    Corolla white, rarely pinkish or lightly tinged with mauve, 0.5–2 cm. long, larger and unequally lobed in the marginal flowers, smaller and more equally lobed in the inner flowers.
    Figures
    Fig. 3/1–4.
    Habitat
    Upland grassland and open bushland, often in places subject to regular burning; 1200–1900(–2500) m.
    Distribution
    throughout southern Africa K4/K6 T1 T2 T3 T4 T5 T6 T7 T8

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cape Provinces, Free State, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Scabiosa austroafricana Heine appears in other Kew resources:

    Bibliography

    First published in Mitt. Bot. Staatssamml. München 9-10: 445 (1954)

    Accepted by

    • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1985). Flora du Rwanda 3: 1-729. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.
    • Napper, D.M. (1968). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Dipsacaceae: 1-11.

    Not accepted by

    • Launert, E. (ed.) (1983). Flora Zambesiaca 7(1): 1-394. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. [Cited as Scabiosa columbaria.]

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1985). Flora du Rwanda 3: 1-729. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.
    • Launert, E. (ed.) (1983). Flora Zambesiaca 7(1): 1-394. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Heine in Mitt. Bot. Staats. München 1: 445 (1954).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0