1. Family: Asteraceae Bercht. & J.Presl
    1. Genus: Brachylaena R.Br.
      1. Brachylaena discolor DC.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Africa.

    [FZ]

    Compositae, G. V. Pope. Flora Zambesiaca 6:1. 1992

    Habit
    A shrub or tree to 10(12) m. tall, usually evergreen; branches brown to dark-purplish, lenticellate and narrowly sulcate, at first greyish tomentellous soon glabrescent, ± leafy throughout.
    Leaves
    Leaves with petioles mostly 5–16 mm. long; lamina mostly 5–12 x 1.3–5 cm., larger in coppice growth, oblanceolate to obovate, rarely oblong-elliptic, rounded sometimes briefly acuminate at apex, ± narrowly cuneate and usually tapering to a long petiole, entire and faintly revolute, or repand-dentate to serrate-or coarsely-dentate in the apical part, sometimes spinescent-denticulate; upper surface thinly araneose when young, or glabrous, shiny dull-green with subprominent reticulate venation; lower surface greyish tomentellous with prominent veins; lateral veins forked near the margin.
    Capitulum
    Capitula numerous in dense terminal panicles 4–40 cm. long, or in short raceme-like panicles in leaf axils.
    Involucre
    Involucres mostly narrowly obconic, somewhat cyathiform in male capitula.
    Phyllaries
    Phyllaries thinly coriaceous, acute, lanate on the margins otherwise glabrous; from c. 1 mm. long outside, the inner increasing to c. 4 mm. long in male capitula and to 6(9) mm. long in female capitula, becoming lanceolate or tapering-lorate; the outermost 5–11 series decreasing in size and extending onto upper part of the 1–10 mm. long capitulum stalk, the lower part of the capitulum stalk often with scattered small bracts or buds; bracts below the involucre lanate.
    Male
    Male flowers: corollas dull-yellow, 3–5 mm. long, lobes c. 1 mm. long and ± recurved; pappus sparse, uniseriate, setae 3–4 mm. long with seta barbs ± equalling the seta axis in width.
    Flowers
    Female flowers: corollas 3–6 mm. long, terete narrowing to the apex, lobes erect up to c. 0.5 mm. long; achenes pale-brownish to purplish, 3–4 mm. long, subcylindric-subfusiform, narrowly c. 8-ribbed, sparsely puberulous; pappus several-seriate, setae 4–5(7) mm. long, ± terete, barbellate. Male flowers: corollas dull-yellow, 3–5 mm. long, lobes c. 1 mm. long and ± recurved; pappus sparse, uniseriate, setae 3–4 mm. long with seta barbs ± equalling the seta axis in width.
    Female
    Female flowers: corollas 3–6 mm. long, terete narrowing to the apex, lobes erect up to c. 0.5 mm. long; achenes pale-brownish to purplish, 3–4 mm. long, subcylindric-subfusiform, narrowly c. 8-ribbed, sparsely puberulous; pappus several-seriate, setae 4–5(7) mm. long, ± terete, barbellate.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Botswana, Cape Provinces, KwaZulu-Natal

    Brachylaena discolor DC. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Prodr. 5: 430 (1836)

    Accepted by

    • Roskov Y. & al. (eds.) (2018). Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0