1. Family: Asteraceae Bercht. & J.Presl
    1. Genus: Gutenbergia Sch.Bip.
      1. Gutenbergia rueppellii Sch.Bip.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Eritrea to E. Central & E. Tropical Africa.

    [FWTA]

    Compositae, C. D. Adams. Flora of West Tropical Africa 2. 1963

    Habit
    An erect much-branched annual herb 1-2 ft. high
    Leaves
    The leaves whitish beneath
    Florets
    Florets reddish-purple or white in heads about 1/4 in. across
    Note
    A local weed of waysides and open land.
    [FTEA]

    Compositae, H. Beentje, C. Jeffrey & D.J.N. Hind. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2005

    Habit
    Annual or perennial herb 3-75 cm tall, sometimes rather woody and often densely tufted; stems erect or rarely decumbent or spreading.
    Leaves
    Leaves alternate or the proximal opposite, linear to narrowly ovate, (narrowly) elliptic or oblanceolate, 0.4-10 cm long, 0.1-1.4 cm wide, base cuneate to ± expanded-auriculate, margins subentire, apex obtuse to acute, apiculate, green and sparsely pubescent to silvery-grey above, white-tomentose beneath.
    Capitulum
    Capitula rather few to very numerous in small to lax and diffuse terminal and upper axillary corymbiform cymes; stalks of individual capitula shortly white-hairy; involucre obconic-turbinate to campanulate-hemispherical, 2-6 mm in diameter at flowering time; phyllaries 3-4-seriate, ovate to ovate-oblong, the inner 3.5-7 mm long, acute, pungent, straight or recurving at the apex, darker green and often purple-tinged at the centre towards the apex, densely pubescent to glabrescent, scarious and shortly pectinate-fimbriate at the margins.
    Flowers
    Corolla 3.3-7 mm long, purple or violet, rarely white, lobes white-hairy with appressed hairs, 1.3-3 mm long.
    Fruits
    Achenes obconic-cylindrical or ellipsoid-cylindrical, slightly constricted towards the apex, often slightly curved, 1.2-2.2 mm long, (7-)10-ribbed, with slightly more prominent ribs alternating with slightly less prominent ribs, sparsely ascending-hairy or glabrous; pappus absent.
    [FTEA]

    Compositae, H. Beentje, C. Jeffrey & D.J.N. Hind. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2005

    Habit
    Stem erect, to 75 cm high, branched in upper part; stems yellow- or reddish-pubescent, young branches grey-tomentellous.
    Leaves
    Leaves opposite, ovate to oblong, 5-7 cm long, 2-3 cm wide, the lower sessile and cuneate at base, the upper with the base subcordate and semi-amplexicaul, sparsely pubescent and glandular above, grey-tomentellous beneath.
    Capitulum
    Capitula small in lax inflorescences; stalks of individual capitula long; phyllaries 3-4-seriate, subequal, lanceolate, acute, pilose.
    Flowers
    Corolla purple, pilose.
    Fruits
    Achenes obconic, brown, 10-12-ribbed, sparsely pilose.
    Habitat
    Unknown, ‘Sachsenwald’; probably from below 100 m
    Distribution
    known only from the type T6

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaïre

    Gutenbergia rueppellii Sch.Bip. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 2009 Kuchar, P. [24120], Tanzania K000614984
    Petit [s.n.], Ethiopia K000272751 Unknown type material

    First published in 4(Jubelf. Buchdr.): 120 (1840)

    Accepted by

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

    Literature

    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    • F.T.A. 3: 263.
    • in Gedenkb. 4 Jubelf. Buchdr. 120, t. 4 (1840)
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Agnew, A.D.Q. & Agnew, S., Upland Kenya Wild Flowers, ed. 2: 199, t. 80 (1994).
    • Lisowski in Fragm. Flor. Geobot. 37: 301 (1992).
    • C. Jeffrey in Kew Bulletin 43: 254 (1988).
    • C.D. Adams in Flora of West Tropical Africa ed. 2, 2: 284 (1963).
    • F. W. Andr., The Flowering Plants of the Sudan 3: 33 (1956).
    • Oliv. & Hiern in Flora of Tropical Africa 3: 267 (1877).
    • Sch. Bip. in Gedenkb. IV Jubelf. Buchdr. Mainz: 120, t. 4 (1840).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    Flora of West Tropical Africa
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