Plants photographed on Kyffhäuser
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Sericorema sericea (Schinz) Lopr.

Sericorema sericea


Family: Amaranthaceae
Full name: Sericorema sericea (Schinz) Lopr.
Location: Kyffhäuser (2416AD + 2416CB)
ID status: ID not 100% certain
Afrikaans common name(s): -
English common name(s): -
Synonym(s): Marcellia sericea (Schinz) C.B.Clarke
Sericocoma sericea Schinz
Status: Native
Description: Much-branched, bushy annual herb with a slender taproot, c. 0.27-0.6 m high; stem and branches slender and rather wiry, terete, young parts green and more or less floccose to sublanate at least when young, usually soon glabrescent. Leaves linear-acicular, subterete-canaliculate, (18)28-50 (60) x 0.5-1 cm, mucronate, glabrous (floccose only when very young), straight or slightly flexuose, usually with axillary short shoots or leaf-fascicles and tufts of floccose hairs. Inflorescence elongating, (to c. 30 cm or more but often less), the axis glabrous to more or less floccose; partial inflorescences finally distant (separated by 1.5-2.5(3) cm), varying from 1-3 flowered as in the generic description, the lateral brushes of hair whitish. Bracts lanceolate, 4-5 mm long, glabrous or somewhat floccose, the darker midrib excurrent in amucro, more or less patent after fruit-fall. Bracteoles of partial inflorescence, deltoid-lanceolate, 4-5 mm long, rather similar to the bracts but more deeply concave basally to accommodate the sterile flowers, glabrous to more or less floccose, at anthesis. Fruiting partial inflorescence a fluffy ball c. 1.5-2 cm in diam. Fruit oblong-ovoid, c. 3.5 mm long, smooth and glabrous throughout; seed c. 3.25 mm long, brown, smooth and shining. (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: 29 Apr 2011
Camera make: Panasonic
Camera model: DMC-FZ45
Lens aperture: f/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/400 s
ISO speed: 80
Content last updated: 18 Apr 2024

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