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  1. Family: Asteraceae Bercht. & J.Presl
    1. Brachythrix Wild & G.V.Pope

      1. This genus is accepted, and is native to Africa..


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

    Perennial herbs with annual stems from small woody rootstocks; rootcrowns with or without lanate tufts; roots numerous, thong-like and usually swelling to form root-tubers.
    Vegetative indumentum a varying mixture of large long-stalked flagelliform hairs intermixed with short-stalked T-shaped hairs, the elongate terminal cell of the T-shaped hairs transverse and ± equal-armed, or ± excentric-ascending.
    Stems erect usually branching above, leafy, sometimes scapiform.
    Leaves alternate, sessile or subsessile, bases cuneate less often auriculate; upper surface ± scabrous, sparsely pubescent or glabrescent, the hairs scattered flagelliform often becoming somewhat rigid; lower surface pubescent or felted, sometimes finely pilose especially on the nerves, or glabrescent, glandular-punctate.
    Capitula homogamous, solitary or few-many in lax corymbiform cymes, or aggregated in ± dense 3-many-capitulate terminal clusters, or clusters lateral and ± scorpioidly cymose.
    Involucres campanulate to broadly cup-shaped, occasionally subglobose or narrowly ovoid.
    Phyllaries imbricate, several-seriate.
    Receptacle ± flat.
    Corollas purple, narrowly funnel-shaped, regularly deeply 5-lobed; lobes apically setulose or glabrous.
    Anthers with a narrowly triangular hyaline appendage at the apex and short subobtuse tails at the base.
    Style-arms subulate, hairy outside.
    Achenes narrowly oblong-obovoid, 4–5-angular with narrow ribs on the angles, truncate to slightly rounded at the apex, faces between the ribs with large scattered brownish glandular cells, very sparsely hispid or glabrous.
    Pappus 2-seriate, the outer of short lacerate free or ± united scales or reduced to a low rim, the inner of short very caducous barbellate setae.
    Pollen described as tricolporate, subechinolophate to echinate and micropunctate.

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

    Perennial herbs; roots fleshy, almost tuberous
    Leaves alternate, occasionally subopposite or whorled, sessile
    Capitula solitary or clustered in scorpioid cymose inflorescences; phyllaries 3–5-seriate, subequal or with the inner somewhat longer than the outer; corolla with cylindrical tube and infundibuliform limb, pubescent on lower part, lobes 5, narrow, with stiff apical hairs, sometimes also pubescent
    Achenes 3–5-angled or -ribbed; pappus double, the outer of free or connate membranous lacerate scales, the inner of longer, caducous, brownish, somewhat flattened, barbellate setae, the outer sometimes absent.



    Native to:

    Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre

    Accepted Species

    Other Data

    Brachythrix Wild & G.V.Pope appears in other Kew resources:


    First published in Kirkia 11: 25 (1978)

    Accepted by

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


    Flora Zambesiaca

    • C. Jeffrey in Kew Bull.43: 270 (1988).
    • in Kirkia 11: 25, 135 (1978).

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • K. Bremer, Asteraceae Clad. & Class.: 218 (1994)
    • C. Jeffrey in K.B. 43: 270 (1988)
    • in Kirkia 11: 25, 135 (1978)


    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa

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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families.