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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Lesser Yellow-head

Afrikaans name: Harige Gifbossie

A Lesser Yellow-head plant in flower at Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve

Photo © Steven Herbert

Gnidia kraussiana

The Lesser Yellow-head is a perennial plant that gets bunched of bright yellow flowers on the end of each stalk. It normally flowers in spring and early summer.

It prefers areas of grassland that are burned regularly.

This flower is believed to be very poisonous although it supposedly has been used for some medicinal purposes such as treating snake-bite wounds.

The Lesser Yellow-head is found from South Africa to both West and East Africa.


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