Brunia sphaerocephala (Sond.) A.V.Hall
  • Taxon


Cite taxon page as 'WFO (2019): Brunia sphaerocephala (Sond.) A.V.Hall. Published on the Internet;http://www.worldfloraonline.org/taxon/wfo-0000748840. Accessed on: 08 Dec 2019'

Morphology

Softly hairy, densely leafy shrub to 2 m. Leaves linear-deltate, ascending-incurved, imbricate. Flowers in large, rounded heads sometimes loosely grouped in corymbs, whitish.

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    Usually 1 m high (occasionally 1-5 m), robust, with villous branchlets. Leaves sessile, erect-spreading, incurved, the upper 4-5 mm long, oblanceolate, linear-oblanceolate or oblong-lanceolate, convex and bluntly keeled on the dorsal surface, convex and with a prominent median vein on the ventral surface, ciliate, usually ± villous on the dorsal surface; lower leaves often appressed and glabrous, occasionally linear-oblong. Flower-heads terminal, 1.5-2 cm long, globose, subtended by leaves; receptacle villous. Bract leaf-like, tapering to both ends, villous on the dorsal surface, reaching the tips of the petals or almost so. Bracteoles oblanceolate-linear, tapering from the middle downwards, villous on the upper half of the dorsal surface, reaching well above the middle of the petals. Calyx-lobes 4-5 mm long, linear, acute, villous on the upper half of the dorsal surface. Petals about 6-5 mm long, linear, very obtuse, tapering in the lower half, with prominent keels tapering from well above the middle to near the base. Anthers scarcely 1-5 mm long, ovate-oblong. Ovary 3/4 inferior, villous on the upper part: ovules attached to the upper half of the chambers. Seeds about 3 mm long, convex and slightly striate on the dorsal surface, black.

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    Habitat

    Sandstone slopes.

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    Distribution

    Bain's Kloof to Hottentots Holland Mtns.

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    Caledon Div., Worcester Div.

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      Bibliography

    • 1 Oliver, EGH; Classen-Bockhoff, R. 2012. Bruniaceae. 442 - 448. South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.
    • 2 Pillans, NS. 1947. A revision of Bruniaceae. J. S. African Bot. 13: 121 - 203.
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     Information From

    Bruniaceae
    World Flora Online Data. 2017.
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    e-Flora of South Africa
    e-Flora of South Africa. v1.21. 2018. South African National Biodiversity Institute. http://ipt.sanbi.org.za/iptsanbi/resource?r=flora_descriptions&v=1.21
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    World Flora Online consortium
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    World Flora Online Data. 2018.
    • C CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0).