Plants photographed on Kyffhäuser
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Calicorema capitata (Moq.) Hook.f.

Calicorema capitata

Stems and remnants of leaves

Family: Amaranthaceae
Full name: Calicorema capitata (Moq.) Hook.f.
Location: Kyffhäuser (2416AD + 2416CB)
ID status: Fairly certain
Afrikaans common name(s): Klein swartstorm, Vaalbossie, Asbos, Bloubasbos, Bloustormbos, Bloustorm
English common name(s): Grey desert bush
Synonym(s): Aerva pechuelii Kuntze
Sericocoma capitata Moq.
Sericocoma shepperioides Schinz
Status: Native
Description: A short much-branched undershrub; branches alternate, terete, thick, ashy-grey, the younger tomentose; leaves all alternate, few, scattered, cylindric, obtuse, up to 0.75 in. long, about 0.5 lin. broad, glabrous; nerves not conspicuous; heads of flowers reaching 0.5 in. long and rather broader than long; bracteoles 2.5 lin. long, broadly ovate, obtuse, concave, glabrous, hyaline; perianth reaching 5 lin. long, silky-hairy; 2 outer sepals longer and broader than the inner, all lanceolate, acute, 3-nerved; filaments rather more than 1 lin. long; staminodes very short, ovate, obtuse; anthers more than 0.5 lin. long, oblong; ovary glabrous; style 2 lin. long; stigma capitellate. (from JSTOR Global Plants website / Flora Capensis)

Calicorema capitata is a shrub which can reach 60 cm in height and 1.5 m in diameter. The stems, which bear only very small leaves are densely intertwined. The flower has sepals filled with long hair, no petals, stamens and pistil with pink thread. (from, translated from French by Google Translate)
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: 21 Sep 2008
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: PowerShot A700
Lens aperture: f/4.0
Shutter speed: 1/1000 s
ISO speed: -
Content last updated: 01 Jun 2020

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