1. Family: Asteraceae Bercht. & J.Presl
    1. Genus: Launaea Cass.
      1. Launaea petitiana (A.Rich.) N.Kilian

        This species is accepted, and its native range is NE. & E. Tropical Africa, Yemen.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Perennial herb, erect, 20–50 cm high, with most leaves basal; stems 1–several per plant, glabrous.
    Leaves
    Leaves mostly in a rosette, the cauline leaves few and smaller than the basal ones, glaucous, sessile, narrowly elliptic in outline, pinnatifid, 7–21 cm long, 0.5–2.5 cm wide (up to 5 cm wide including the lobes), base gradually narrowed (to semi-amplexicaul in the cauline leaves), margins denticulate and lobed with deltoid, often retrorse lobes to 15 mm long, apex acute, glabrous.
    Capitulum
    Capitula several–15 per flowering stem, solitary or few together and subsessile at the nodes or terminal in a spike or panicle; involucre cylindrical, 11–15 mm long; phyllaries ovate to lanceolate, extending down the stalk, 2–14 mm long, acute or obtuse, with membranous margins, glabrous.
    Florets
    Florets ± 20; corolla yellow, tube ± 9 mm long, ligule 7–8 mm long, 1.5–2.2 mm wide.
    Fruits
    Achenes cylindric and black (inner) to slightly compressed and pale brown (outer), 3–4 mm long, ribbed, glabrous; pappus white, 8–10 mm long, of mixed setae and fine hairs.
    Habitat
    Grassland, or wheat field margins; 1050–1350 m
    Distribution
    K4 K6 T2

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Yemen

    Launaea petitiana (A.Rich.) N.Kilian appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Greenway, P.J. [7511] K000251745 holotype
    Schimper [1448], Ethiopia K000251727 isotype

    First published in Englera 17: 231 (1997)

    Accepted by

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

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • N. Kilian in Englera 17: 231 (1997).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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