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

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

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    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.
    Indumentum
    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.
    Stem
    Stems erect usually branching above, leafy, sometimes scapiform.
    Leaves
    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.
    Capitulum
    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.
    Involucre
    Involucres campanulate to broadly cup-shaped, occasionally subglobose or narrowly ovoid.
    Phyllaries
    Phyllaries imbricate, several-seriate.
    Receptacle
    Receptacle ± flat.
    Corolla
    Corollas purple, narrowly funnel-shaped, regularly deeply 5-lobed; lobes apically setulose or glabrous.
    Anthers
    Anthers with a narrowly triangular hyaline appendage at the apex and short subobtuse tails at the base.
    Style
    Style-arms subulate, hairy outside.
    Fruits
    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.
    Seeds
    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
    Pollen described as tricolporate, subechinolophate to echinate and micropunctate.
    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Perennial herbs; roots fleshy, almost tuberous
    Leaves
    Leaves alternate, occasionally subopposite or whorled, sessile
    Capitulum
    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
    Fruits
    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.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre

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

    First published in Kirkia 11(1): 25 (1978)

    Accepted by

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

    Literature

    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)

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0