1. Family: Asteraceae Bercht. & J.Presl
    1. Dicoma Cass.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Africa, Sinai to Arabian Peninsula, Indian Subcontinent to Myanmar.


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

    Annual herbs, or suffrutices with annual stems from woody taproots or from woody rootstocks with thong-like roots, or sometimes from semi-woody tuberous rootstocks.
    Stems 1-several, erect or decumbent, sometimes caespitose, simple or branching, sericeous-araneose to lanate or glabrescent, occasionally abbreviated or absent.
    Leaves alternate, occasionally subrosulate, sessile and ± stem-clasping occasionally stem-sheathing at the base, usually discolorous, entire or serrulate on the margins or revolute, indumentum as for stems and usually more dense on the leaf lower surface, 3–5-veined from the base or obscurely so.
    Capitula homogamous and discoid, all florets hermaphrodite, or capitula heterogamous and disciform (in the Flora Zambesiaca area) with the outer florets neuter, 1 -numerous, sessile or shortly stalked, solitary and terminal or spiciform to subpaniculate.
    Phyllaries many-seriate, imbricate, appressed or spreading, the outer sometimes squarrose or reflexed, sometimes extending onto the capitulum stalk, the innermost sometimes shorter than the rest, chartaceous to stiffly coriaceous, pungent or subulate.
    Receptacular paleae absent.
    Disk-floret corollas yellowish to creamy-brown or purplish to whitish, hermaphrodite and regularly deeply 5-lobed, the lobes ± equalling the tube in length, corollas glabrous. Ray-florets usually absent, or when present neuter with filiform sub-bilabiate corollas, and a pappus of several-seriate barbellate setae.
    Anther apical appendage lorate-lanceolate, thecae bases sagittate produced into long retrorse-ciliate tails.
    Style shortly bifid, the branches not separating, tips obtuse with minute sweeping hairs.
    Achenes ± compressed turbinate, obscurely 2–5-ribbed or strongly 10-ribbed, usually glandular or glutinous, densely long-ascending hispid; disk-floret pappus copious, 2-several-seriate of slender plumose or barbellate setae, the setae all similar increasing in length to the inside, or somewhat dimorphic with the outer setae slender and the inner stouter narrowly scale-like and often ± scarious-winged in the lower part.

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

    Perennial or sometimes annual herbs or shrubs, sometimes with woody tuberous rootstock, sometimes acaulescent
    Leaves alternate, sessile, serrulate
    Capitula homogamous, usually discoid, sometimes heterogamous and disciform, solitary and terminal on the inflorescence branches or in terminal corymbiform or racemiform cymes, sometimes precocious in acaulescent species; phyllaries 4–multiseriate, imbricate, at least the outer acutely acuminate-attenuate and spinescent; receptacle moderately to deeply alveolate, honeycombed, the margins of the alveoli toothed, at least at the angles
    Florets hermaphrodite; corolla tubular in lower half, narrowly campanulate above and deeply divided into 5 narrow equal lobes; anthers with barbellate tails; style branches short, finely hairy
    Achenes villous or setose; pappus of several series of barbellate or plumose bristles or scales.



    Native to:

    Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Free State, Gulf States, India, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sinai, Socotra, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, West Himalaya, Yemen, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Introduced into:

    Algeria, Libya

    Dicoma Cass. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Bull. Sci. Soc. Philom. Paris 1817: 12 (1817)

    Accepted by

    • Roskov Y. & al. (eds.) (2018). Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands.
    • Christenhusz, M.J.M., Fay, M.F. & Chase, M.W. (2017). Plants of the World. An illustrated encyclopedia of vascular plants: 1-792. Kew Publishing, The university of Chicago Press.


    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    • C. F. Wilson in Kew Bull. 1923: 377.
    • —F.T.A. 3: 442
    Flora Zambesiaca
    • Lawalrée & Mvukiyumwami in Bull. Jard. Bot. Nat. Belg.52: 151 (1982).
    • Hilliard, Compos. Natal: 582 (1977).
    • Wild in Kirkia 8: 178 (1972).
    • C. Jeffrey in Kew Bull.21, 2: 208 (1967).
    • F.C. Wilson in Bull. Misc. Inf., Kew1923: 377 (1923).
    • in Bull. Sci. Soc. Philom. Paris1817: 12 (1817).
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • K. Bremer, Asteraceae Clad. & Class.:99 (1994)
    • G.V. Pope in K.B. 46: 699 (1991)
    • F.C. Wilson in K.B. 1923: 377 (1923)
    • in Bull. Soc. Philom. Paris 1817: 12 (1817)


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