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  1. Family: Asteraceae Bercht. & J.Presl
    1. Genus: Ananthura H.Rob. & Skvarla
      1. Ananthura pteropoda (Oliv. & Hiern) H.Rob. & Skvarla

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Kenya to S. Tropical America.


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

    Perennial herb or weak shrub 0.9-2.5 m tall; stems shortly crispate-pubescent with asymmetrically T-shaped hairs.
    Leaves sessile, oblanceolate or elliptic, 7.5-25 cm long, 1.8-8.5 cm wide, base attenuate into a winged petiole, margins minutely to coarsely serrate, apex acuminate or acuminate-attenuate, apiculate, scattered-pubescent to almost glabrous above, thinly crispate-pubescent on veins beneath and gland-dotted.
    Capitula in terminal and upper axillary compound corymbiform cymes; stalks of individual capitula 1-15 mm, filiform; involucre 6-11 mm long; phyllaries 5-seriate, pale green with darker tips, ovate to oblong, rounded or obtuse, minutely apiculate, thinly floccose or arachnoid at least when young, the inner (3.5-)5-7.5 mm long.
    Corolla white, sometimes tinged pale mauve or pink, 6.5-9 mm long, lobes 1.5-2.5 mm long, glabrous.
    Achenes 2 mm long, 5-8-ribbed, glabrous or almost so; outer pappus scant, 0.2-0.4 mm long, inner pappus white, 4-7 mm long.
    Evergreen forest; 850-1600 m (Tanzania) & 1950-2600 m (Kenya).
    K4 T3 T6

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

    A subshrub up to c. 2.5 m. tall.
    Stems simple below, becoming somewhat woody at the base, upper stem and branches finely striate, coarsely pilose to glabrescent; indumentum a mixture of few to very numerous, purplish, multicellular somewhat fleshy patent-pilose hairs and smaller whitish appressed hairs; synflorescence branches bracteate, bracts foliaceous up to 7 x 2 cm.
    Leaves petiolate; petiole up to c. 10 mm. long; lamina up to c. 25 x 8.5 cm. elliptic, tapering to a long acuminate apex, ± abruptly contracted in the lower third to a narrowly winged midrib gradually tapering into the petiole, margins incised-dentate or serrate with short setiform teeth, upper surface thinly pilose or glabrescent, lower surface ± sparsely pilose on the main nerves and minutely gland-pitted.
    Capitula numerous in many terminal and lateral, bracteate clusters of 6–30 capitula; capitulum stalk filiform, 1–15 mm. long.
    Involucres 8–11 x 5–8 mm., campanulate-obconic.
    Phyllaries chartaceous; the outer broadly ovate acute, the middle ovate-lanceolate, the inner up to c. 10 mm. long and linear-oblong, the apex subacute to rounded, sometimes mucronulate, lamina thinly pilose-puberulous becoming hispidulous or glabrescent, somewhat striate, greenish to stramineous, darker-tipped.
    Corolla white or lilac, 5–9 mm. long, narrowly funnel-shaped, shortly tubular below widening above.
    Achenes 2–2.5 mm. long, subcylindric narrowing to the base, narrowly 5–8-ribbed, glabrous or hispidulous on the ribs; outer pappus a fringe of very short setae; inner of copious silky-white ± caducous barbellate setae 5–7 mm. long.



    Native to:

    Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe


    Other Data

    Ananthura pteropoda (Oliv. & Hiern) H.Rob. & Skvarla appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Last, J.T. [s.n.], Malawi Vernonia pteropoda K000273049
    Meller, C.J. [s.n.], Malawi Vernonia pteropoda K000273047 Unknown type material
    Meller, C.J. [s.n.], Malawi Vernonia pteropoda K000273048


    First published in Novon 21: 254 (2011)

    Accepted by

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


    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa

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