1. Family: Asteraceae Bercht. & J.Presl
    1. Genus: Brachythrix Wild & G.V.Pope
      1. Brachythrix pawekiae Wild & G.V.Pope

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Malawi.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    An erect perennial herb 20–40 cm. tall, with annual stems from a small woody rootstock; roots short thong-like, each swelling abruptly into a root tuber; tubers 1.5–2.5 x 0.5–1 cm., ovoid-fusiform.
    Stem
    Stems purple, usually solitary, branching sparsely above or throughout, leafy except below, puberulous; indumentum a mixture of relatively few long-stalked flagelliform hairs, and more numerous short-stalked appressed ± unequal-armed T-shaped hairs.
    Leaves
    Leaves mostly 3–9 x 0.4–1.3 cm., decreasing in size to the stem apex and base, narrowly oblong-elliptic, acute or subobtuse mucronate at the apex, cuneate below, margins subentire to remotely serrulate; lamina thinly coriaceous, upper surface puberulous with sparse appressed T-shaped hairs, sometimes with patent flagelliform hairs or glabrescent, lower surface ± strigose with T-shaped hairs, these often more numerous on the nerves, sometimes intermixed with flagelliform hairs.
    Capitulum
    Capitula few to many, solitary on branches up to c. 6 cm. long and somewhat racemose, or in ± lax capitulum-clusters cymosely arranged.
    Involucre
    Involucres 5–10 x 9–11 mm., very broadly obconic-campanulate to broadly cup-shaped, wider than long.
    Phyllaries
    Phyllaries many-seriate, narrowly acute-pungent or finely tapering to a bristle tip, pilose with appressed short-stalked hairs intermixed with few to numerous larger patent flagelliform hairs; the outer phyllaries from c. 2 mm. long, very narrowly lanceolate, the inner to c. 6 mm. long, lanceolate, or phyllaries subequal to c. 8 mm. long and linear-lanceolate or subulate.
    Florets
    Florets c. 70 per capitulum.
    Corolla
    Corollas purple, 5–6 mm. long, narrowly funnel-shaped.
    Fruits
    Achenes 1.5–2 mm. long, subcylindric to narrowly turbinate, truncate at the apex, c. 4-angular and narrowly ribbed on the angles, with scattered brownish cells on the faces between, otherwise glabrous; pappus 2-seriate, the outer reduced to a low rim of small ± free or united lacerate scales, inner pappus of caducous brown barbellate setae 1–2 mm. long.

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    Distribution

    Brachythrix pawekiae Wild & G.V.Pope appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Apr 1, 2002 Pawek, J. [13737], Malawi K000285715
    Apr 1, 2002 Pawek, J. [12427], Malawi K000285718
    Apr 1, 2002 Phillips, E. [1064], Malawi K000285716
    Apr 1, 2002 Phillips, E. [2347], Malawi K000285717
    Sep 1, 1988 Moriarty, A. [99], Malawi K000285723
    Jul 1, 1987 Philcox, D. [10018], Malawi K000285720
    Jul 1, 1987 Simon, B.K. [1637], Malawi K000285719
    Jul 1, 1987 Pawek, J. [2062], Malawi K000285722
    Jul 1, 1987 Grosvenor, R. [1156], Malawi K000285721
    Pawek, J. [3385], Malawi K000285726 holotype
    Patel, I.H. [5042], Malawi K000285724
    Patel, I.H. [4990], Malawi K000285725

    First published in Kirkia 11(1): 29 (1978)

    Accepted by

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

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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