Plants photographed on Kyffhäuser
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Achyranthes aspera L. var. sicula

Achyranthes aspera var sicula


Family: Amaranthaceae
Full name: Achyranthes aspera L. var. sicula
Location: Kyffhäuser (2416AD + 2416CB)
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): Knapsekêrel, Kafblom, Haak-en-steek-(klits)bossie, Grootklits, Kaapse kêrel, Knapsakkerwel, Langklits
English common name(s): Chaff flower, Burweed, Sickle-fruit chaff flower, Devil's horsewhip
Synonym(s): Achyranthes annua Dinter
Achyranthes argentea Lam.
Achyranthes aspera L. var. argentea (Lam.) Boiss.
Achyranthes sicula (L.) All. - non Roth
Status: Native
Description: Flowers: inflorescence a terminal spike, 150-240 mm long, perianth small, ±3 mm long, greenish to white.

Slender erect perennial, sometimes climbing or scrambling. The leaves are often covered in silvery indumentum when young (less noticeable in shade growing specimens) Inflorescences dense at first but elongating up to 25 cm with more widely spaced flowers. Flowers greenish to silvey-white, often tinged with purple-red. (from Flora of Zimbabwe website)

Plant more slender, the perianth small, generally 3–4.5 (5) mm long. Leaves frequently silvery-sericeous below at least when young, green above (may be green on both surfaces in shade), rather long-acuminate. (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora Zambesiaca)
Link(s) African Plant Database
JSTOR Plant Science
Kew Herbarium Catalogue
BGBM Berlin-Dahlem - Virtual Herbarium
Züricher Herbarien
iNaturalist (Namibia / Alex Dreyer)
iNaturalist (Namibia)
iNaturalist (southern Africa)
Flora of Zimbabwe
Fleurs de notre Terre - Galerie Namibie
Tree Atlas of Namibia
Photographer: AA Dreyer
Date of photograph: 01 May 2011
Camera make: Panasonic
Camera model: DMC-FZ45
Lens aperture: f/2.8
Shutter speed: 1/60 s
ISO speed: 125
Content last updated: 18 Apr 2024

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