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  1. Family: Asteraceae Bercht. & J.Presl
    1. Genus: Senecio L.
      1. Senecio maranguensis O.Hoffm.

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


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

    Woody herb or shrub to 3 m or semi-scandent to 6 m; stems leafy, long and whippy, sometimes tinged purplish or red, pubescent or thinly arachnoid, glabrescent.
    Leaves petiolate, leathery, lanceolate, ovate or oblong, 3–16.5 cm long, 1–6 cm wide, base cuneate, rounded, truncate or weakly cordate, margins finely to coarsely sinuate-serrate, dentate or bidentate, apex obtuse to acute, glabrous to pubescent especially on veins beneath, glabrous above except for midrib and sometimes the main veins; somewhat marcescent when old; petiole sparsely pubescent or arachnoid above to glabrous, 0.2–3 cm long, very narrowly winged, exauriculate or with coarsely dentate stipuliform auricles at the base.
    Capitula radiate, numerous in copious congested to lax spreading terminal compound corymbs; stalk of individual heads pubescent or arachnoid; involucre 3–5 mm long, 1.7–2.5 mm in diameter; bracts of calyculus 3–6, 1–3 mm long, arachnoid or pubescent at least on margins at apex; phyllaries 7–8, green with brown tips, 2.5–5 mm long, glabrous or pilose or arachnoid.
    Ray florets 5–8, corolla tube 2.5–3 mm long, hairy at apex or glabrous, rays pale to bright yellow, 3–5 mm long, 1–2.2 mm wide, 4-veined, spreading; disc florets yellow turning red-brown, corolla 4–6 mm long, tube expanded above the middle, glabrous, lobes 0.5–0.7 mm long.
    Achenes ribbed, 1.5–2 mm long, glabrous; pappus 3.5–6 mm long.
    Montane forest or forest margins, secondary bushland replacing forest, heath zone, bamboo zone; may be locally common; 1800–3250 m
    K3 T2 T3 T6 T7 U2


    Native to:

    Burundi, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zaïre


    Other Data

    Senecio maranguensis O.Hoffm. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 2008 Mwangoka, M.A. [3502], Tanzania K000612935
    Mwangoka, M.A. [3444], Tanzania K000612927


    First published in Pflanzenw. Ost-Afrikas, C: 418 (1895)

    Accepted by

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


    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Agnew, A.D.Q. & Agnew, S., Upland Kenya Wild Flowers, ed. 2: 221 (1994).
    • Beentje, Kenya Trees, Shrubs and Lianas p. 562 (1994).
    • Lisowski, Aster. Fl. Afr. Centr. 2: 262 (1991).
    • C. Jeffrey in Kew Bulletin 41: 885 (1986).
    • Maquet in Fl. Rwanda 3: 664, fig. 206/2 (1985).
    • J.P.M. Brenan, Check-lists of the Forest Trees and Shrubs of the British Empire no. 5, part II, Tanganyika Territory p. 158 (1949).
    • O.Hoffm. in Die Pflanzenwelt Ost-Afrikas und der Nachbargebiete, Theile C: 418 (1895).


    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa

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