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

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

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    An erect perennial suffrutescent herb with annual stems to c. 1.3 m. tall; tuberous-rooted from a small woody rootstock, sometimes with woody stoloniferous rhizomes; rootcrowns pale-brownish tufted-lanate; tubers to c. 10 x 0.7 cm., slender fusiform.
    Stem
    Stems usually solitary, branching above, leafy, puberulous; indumentum a mixture of long-stalked flagelliform hairs and short-stalked unequal-armed, or excentric, T-shaped hairs.
    Leaves
    Leaves sessile, mostly 4–9 x 0.7–3 cm., oblanceolate-oblong sometimes obovate-oblong, acute to ± rounded at the apex, auriculate-cordate below, margins subentire to serrate, upper surface scabridulous with scattered ± rigid hairs, lower surface stiffly puberulous with patent long-stalked T-shaped hairs, most numerous on the nerves; venation prominent beneath.
    Capitulum
    Capitula numerous, aggregated in dense subglobose 4-many-capitulate clusters; capitula-clusters terminal, racemose or corymbiformly cymose, 1–3 cm. in diam.
    Involucre
    Involucres 6–9 x 2.5–4 mm., narrowly obovoid-turbinate the phyllaries remaining ± appressed imbricate.
    Phyllaries
    Phyllaries several-seriate, thinly scarious, purplish where exposed, araneose to white- or brownish-lanate towards the apex, glabrescent below; the outer phyllaries from c. 2 mm. long, ovate-lanceolate; the inner to c. 7 mm. long, linear, apices subacute mucronate.
    Florets
    Florets c. 20 percapitulum.
    Corolla
    Corollas purple, 5–7 mm. long, very narrowly funnel-shaped, setulose at lobe apices, sparsely glandular on limb and tube.
    Fruits
    Achenes c. 1.5 mm. long (immature), narrowly obovoid-subcylindric, truncate at the apex, 4–5-angular and narrowly ribbed on the angles, faces between the ribs with scattered enlarged brownish cells; outer pappus reduced to a low rim, inner pappus of caducous brown barbellate setae 1–1.5 mm. long.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Malawi, Zambia

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

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jul 1, 1987 Fanshawe, D.B. [7320], Zambia K000210078
    Jul 1, 1987 Benson, F.M. [N.R.425], Malawi K000210075
    White, F. [2756], Zambia K000210079
    Brummitt, R.K. [10661], Malawi K000210073
    Hilliard, O.M. [4398], Malawi K000210076 isotype
    Pawek, J. [9279], Malawi K000210072
    Pope, G. [2298], Zambia K000210077
    Patel, I.H. [5134], Malawi K000210074

    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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