1. Family: Asteraceae Bercht. & J.Presl
    1. Genus: Launaea Cass.
      1. Launaea hafunensis Chiov.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is NE. & E. Tropical Africa, S. Arabian Peninsula.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Bushy perennial herb, 10–50 cm high, with a fleshy taproot and a rosette of leaves; stems glaucous, densely dichotomously branched and slightly succulent, glabrous, sometimes called spine-tipped.
    Leaves
    Leaves all close together near the base of the plant, sometimes some small cauline leaves present higher up the stem, glaucous, pinnatilobed with linear rachis and lobes, 3–12 cm long, the segments 0.2–0.5 cm wide, base half-amplexicaul, margins entire or denticulate, lobes 0.5–3 cm long, apex mucronate, glabrous.
    Capitulum
    Capitula many, each solitary and terminal on its branch of the dense, divaricate cyme; branches of the inflorescence stout and stiff; involucre cylindric to conical, 11–15 mm long; phyllaries grey-green, the outermost sometimes reddish, ovate and 2–7 mm (outer) or lanceolate and 11–15 mm long (inner), margins broad-hyaline, apex acute or obtuse and slightly ciliate, otherwise glabrous.
    Florets
    Florets < 20; corolla yellow or lemon-yellow, tube cylindric, 7–8 mm long, ligule 7–10 mm long, 1.5–2.5 mm wide.
    Fruits
    Achenes pale brown, cylindric, 4 mm long, not beaked, ?ribbed; pappus white, 9–13 mm long, of mixed hairs and setae.
    Habitat
    Acacia-Commiphora bushland, dry stony grassland and subdesert, usually on volcanic soils; 600–1750 m
    Distribution
    K1 K6 T2

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Oman, Somalia, Tanzania, Yemen

    Launaea hafunensis Chiov. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Fl. Somala 1: 207 (1929)

    Accepted by

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

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • N. Kilian in Englera 17: 239 (1997).
    • Agnew, A.D.Q. & Agnew, S., Upland Kenya Wild Flowers, ed. 2: 229 (1994).
    • Blundell, Wild Flow. E. Afr.: t. 374 (1987).
    • C. Jeffrey in Kew Bulletin 18: 476 (1966).
    • Chiov., Fl. Somala 1: 207 (1929).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    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/
    © 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 2020. 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