1. Family: Asteraceae Bercht. & J.Presl
    1. Genus: Launaea Cass.
      1. Launaea rarifolia (Oliv. & Hiern) Boulos

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


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

    A scapose strict wiry perennial herb up to c. 95 cm. tall, or sometimes a contracted small caespitose pulviniform herb 3–15 cm. high, often glaucous; taproot slender terete semi-woody; rootcrowns 1-several, usually shortly brown-lanate.
    Leaves in basal rosettes, usually appearing after the flowers, up to c. 25 x 4 cm., exceptionally to 35 x 5.5 cm., obovate or narrowly oblanceolate to subspathulate, linear when young, obtuse to acute at the apex, attenuate below, entire to callose-tipped denticulate or sometimes coarsely dentate-lobulate on the margins, glabrous.
    Scapes often purple-tinged below, 1-several, wiry, ± sparsely branched above, glabrous; or scapes much reduced, diffusely-branched and aggregated in dense clusters, c. 3–15 cm. tall.
    Capitula few to many, erect; capitula stalks bracteate, bracts ± ovate, lanate in the axils.
    Involucres in flowering capitula c. 12–15 x 2 mm. and very narrowly ovoid-cylindric, up to c. 19 x 3.5 mm. in mature capitula.
    Phyllaries green, often purple-tinged, mostly 2–3(4)-seriate, glabrous, occasionally puberulous outside, the inner often ciliolate about the apex, each usually with a short subapical wing-like glandular outgrowth on the midrib; outer phyllaries mostly 1–2-seriate imbricate, several extending onto the capitulum stalk, 2–3 mm. long, ovate to lanceolate, margins broadly hyaline; inner phyllaries c. 5, markedly longer than the outer, subequal, linear-lanceolate, accrescent, eventually reflexed.
    Florets c. 6–12 per capitulum; corollas yellow, 13–15 mm. long, tube puberulous outside near the throat, ligule drying purplish c. 6–8 mm. long, lorate, glabrous.
    Achenes 5–8 mm. long, narrowly subfusiform, somewhat 4–5-angular or ± compressed, finely 12–14-ribbed, glabrous or hispidulous, greyish-green; ribs often minutely barbellate, becoming narrowly spongy; pappus many-seriate of barbellate setae 7–10 mm. long.

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

    Perennial herb, with annual flowering shoots (10–)20–90 cm high from long fleshy taproot; root-crown(s) one to several, short-hairy to lanate; flowering stems one to several, greenish brown, slightly glaucous, often tinged with red, wiry, sparsely branched distally or densely branched, glabrous.
    Leaves 2–6, in basal rosettes, usually appearing after flowering, green, glaucous beneath with reddish midrib and margins, (ob-)lanceolate to obovate, linear when young, 3–25(–35) cm long, 0.5–7 cm wide, base cuneate into a winged pseudopetiole to 3 cm long, margins entire to dentate to pinnatilobed, apex obtuse or acute, glabrous.
    Capitula few to many, in dense or lax corymbs or panicles; stalks of individual capitula 0.5–4 cm long; involucre narrowly cylindric, 10–16 mm long, up to 19 mm in fruit; phyllaries erect, but eventually reflexed, green, often tinged red, the outer ovate and 1–6 mm long with scarious margins, becoming swollen at base, the inner linear-lanceolate, 8–19 mm long, acute or obtuse, with narrow scarious margins.
    Florets 6–25 per capitulum; corolla yellow, the ligule with faint pink stripe, the whole often becoming red or purple, tube narrowly cylindric, 6–10 mm long, pilose distally, ligule 3–8 mm long, 1–1.5 mm wide.
    Achenes red-brown, narrowly fusiform, 4–8 mm long, angular and finely ribbed, glabrous or minutely puberulous; pappus of white setae 7–10.5 mm long.
    Woodland (with Brachystegia and/or Uapaca ) or wooded grassland, especially where regularly burned; 250–1900 m
    West Africa from Sierra Leone to Congo (Kinshasa), Rwanda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Angola, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Madagascar K3 T4 T6 T7 T8 U3 U4

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

    An erect stiff-branched herb, the flowering stems leafless, 1-21/2 ft. high from a laticiferous perennial stock
    Involucres narrow 1/2-3/4 in. long with yellow florets, reddish outside.



    Native to:

    Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Central African Repu, Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, KwaZulu-Natal, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Launaea rarifolia (Oliv. & Hiern) Boulos appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Dec 1, 1990 Brunt, M.A. [64], Cameroon K000027694
    Jan 1, 1938 Scott Elliot, G.F. [2712], Madagascar K000251751 Unknown type material
    Hepper, F.N. [1863], Cameroon K000027695
    Gossweiler, J. [1163 et 1168], Angola K001307253
    Gossweiler, J. [14045], Angola K000508693
    Gossweiler, J. [1938], Angola K001307254
    Parker, G.W., Madagascar K000251752 holotype
    Welwitsch, Dr. [3662], Angola K000251748 syntype
    Gossweiler, G. [479], Angola K000251747
    Meller, C. J. K000251749 syntype
    Stupe [illegible] [1224], Nigeria K000251718

    First published in Bot. Not. 115: 59 (1962)

    Accepted by

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


    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • N. Kilian in Englera 17: 114 (1997).
    • G.V. Pope in Flora Zambesiaca 6: 215, t. 40a (1992).
    • Lawalrée, Dethier & Gilissen in Flore d'Afrique Centrale Compositae: Cichorioideae: 16 (1986).
    • C. Jeffrey in Kew Bulletin 18: 464 (1966).
    • Boulos in Bot. Notis. 115: 59 (1962).


    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    Flora of West Tropical Africa

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