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Achyranthes aspera L. var. sicula

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Achyranthes aspera var sicula

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02 Apr 2015

Achyranthes aspera var sicula

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Leaves and flowers
02 Apr 2015

Family: Amaranthaceae
Full name: Achyranthes aspera L. var. sicula
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
iSpot:  144182  679945  681786 
Flora of Zimbabwe
Fleurs de notre Terre - Galerie Namibie
Tree Atlas of Namibia
Content last updated: 25 Aug 2015

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