1. Family: Asteraceae Bercht. & J.Presl
    1. Genus: Launaea Cass.
      1. Launaea taraxacifolia (Willd.) Amin ex C.Jeffrey

        This species is accepted, and its native range is W. Tropical Africa to Sudan and Tanzania.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Annual herb, erect, 1–2 m high; stem solitary, branching in the distal part of the plant, glabrous.
    Leaves
    Leaves cauline, sessile, oblanceolate to broadly elliptic, pinnatilobed with spreading lobes, 6–20 cm long, 2–10 cm wide, base subauriculate, lobes deltoid, to 4 cm long, margins dentate, apex obtuse and apiculate, glabrous.
    Capitulum
    Capitula many, subsessile in large, lax panicles with long side branches; stalks of individual capitula 1–10 mm, sometimes pilose; involucre 10–12 mm long, conical-cylindric to spreading; phyllaries green, tinged with brown, ovate (outer) to lanceolate (inner), 1.5–12 mm, the outer extending down the stalk, acute, margins not or hardly hyaline, glabrous or minutely ciliate at the very apex.
    Flowers
    Corolla yellow, tube 4–5.5 mm long, distally pilose, ligule 5 mm long.
    Fruits
    Achenes grey, fusiform, 2.5–3 mm long, with 4 main ribs and 8 thinner ones, all muricate, the apex slightly narrowed; pappus white, 7–8 mm long, of mixed setae and downy hairs.
    Habitat
    Semi-arid bushland or a weed on fallow land; 950–1650 m
    Distribution
    T2

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Benin, Burkina, Chad, Ethiopia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo

    Introduced into:

    Morocco

    Launaea taraxacifolia (Willd.) Amin ex C.Jeffrey appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1955 Kotschy [337], Sudan K000251738
    Myers, J.G. [10473] K000251734
    Schweinfurth, G. [791] K000251732
    Schweinfurth, G. [791] K000251733
    Kotschy [153], Ethiopia K000251735
    Kotschy [153] K000251736
    Kotschy [337], Sudan K000251737

    First published in Kew Bull. 18(3): 474 (1966)

    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: 241 (1997).
    • C. Jeffrey in Kew Bulletin 18: 474 (1966).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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