Plants photographed elsewhere in Namibia (not on Kyffhäuser)
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Berkheya schinzii O.Hoffm.

Berkheya schinzii

Leaves, spines and flower

Family: Asteraceae
Full name: Berkheya schinzii O.Hoffm.
Location: Near B4, West of Aus (2616CA)
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): Namib doringdissel
English common name(s): Namib thorn thistle
Synonym(s): -
Status: Endemic
Description: Perennial, only slightly woody shrub, up to 1 m high. Young branches, leaves and inflorescences covered with felty hairs that flake off with age; bark cream, sometimes maroon. Leaves mostly opposite, upper leaves sometimes alternate; midrib prominent, white, stiff, ending in spine; divided with stiff, spreading, almost linear lobes tipped with spines. Flower heads with spreading flower bracts with prominent, spine-tipped midribs; ray florets with yellow limbs; disc florets yellow, covered with woolly hairs. Flowering February to November, peaking August to September. This endemic species is found only in the southern Namib. It is quite common around Aus and from there towards Helmeringhausen and Liideritz. The sparse, open appearance with long internodes distinguishes this species from others in the genus. (from Wildflowers of the southern Namib by Coleen Mannheimer et al)
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: M Weigand
Date of photograph: 13 Feb 2020
Camera make: Panasonic
Camera model: DMC-FZ1000
Lens aperture: f/2.8
Shutter speed: 1/5000 s
ISO speed: 125
Content last updated: 24 Jun 2020

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