Brachylaena discolor var. rotundata (S.Moore) Beentje

This variety is accepted, and its native range is Zimbabwe to S. Africa.

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
A shrub or small tree to 7(10) m. tall, deciduous; branches brown to dark-purplish, lenticellate and narrowly sulcate, at first greyish- or brown-tomentose later glabrescent.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves with petioles mostly 2–5 mm. long, sometimes to 7 mm. long; lamina mostly 4–10(15) x 2.5–6 cm., larger in coppice growth, oblong-elliptic to broadly oblanceolate or elliptic, obtuse to rounded rarely subacute at the apex, cuneate to ± rounded at the base, entire, sometimes repand-dentate to coarsely dentate towards the apex, sometimes spinescent-denticulate; upper surface thinly araneose especially when young, or glabrescent; lower surface pale-brown or greyish tomentellous with prominent veins.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Capitulum
Capitula sometimes appearing before the leaves, young synflorescences with buds in axillary and terminal spikes, mature synflorescences with numerous capitula in dense terminal panicles 4–40 cm. long, or in short raceme-like panicles in axils of old leaves.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Involucre
Involucres cyathiform to obconic.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Phyllaries
Phyllaries minutely glandular outside, subobtuse, margins ciliolate, the outer phyllaries from c. 1 mm. long and ovate, the inner to c. 5 mm. long becoming lorate-lanceolate, narrowly obtuse or blunt at the apex; the outermost 5–8 series decreasing in size and extending down to the base of the capitulum stalk.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Male flowers: corollas dull-yellow, 3–5 mm. long, lobes c. 1.5 mm. long and ± recurved; pappus uniseriate, setae 3–4 mm. long, subplumose, the seta barbs exceeding the seta axis in width. Female flowers: corollas dull-yellow, 3–5 mm. long, filiform, lobes erect up to c. 0.5 mm. long; achenes c. 4 mm. long, subcylindric-fusiform, narrowly c. 8-ribbed, pubescent; pappus 2-several-seriate, setae 4–5 mm. long, ± terete or flattened, seta barbs ± equalling the seta axis in width.
sex Male
Male flowers: corollas dull-yellow, 3–5 mm. long, lobes c. 1.5 mm. long and ± recurved; pappus uniseriate, setae 3–4 mm. long, subplumose, the seta barbs exceeding the seta axis in width.
sex Female
Female flowers: corollas dull-yellow, 3–5 mm. long, filiform, lobes erect up to c. 0.5 mm. long; achenes c. 4 mm. long, subcylindric-fusiform, narrowly c. 8-ribbed, pubescent; pappus 2-several-seriate, setae 4–5 mm. long, ± terete or flattened, seta barbs ± equalling the seta axis in width.

Native to:

Botswana, Free State, Northern Provinces, Zimbabwe

Brachylaena discolor var. rotundata (S.Moore) Beentje appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Jan 1, 1999 Davies, R. [D2591], Zimbabwe K000282776 Yes
Jan 1, 1999 Mott, P.J. [883], Botswana K000282778 No
Jan 1, 1999 Hillary [542], Botswana K000282779 No
Jan 1, 1999 Muller, T. [682], Zimbabwe K000282777 No
Nov 1, 1968 Gibbs, L.S. [72], Zimbabwe Brachylaena rotundata K000274030 Unknown type material Yes

First published in Kew Bull. 55: 27 (2000)

Accepted by

  • Retief, E. & Meyer, N.L. (2017). Plants of the Free State inventory and identification guide Strelitzia 38: 1-1236. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Roskov Y. & al. (eds.) (2018). Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Retief, E. & Meyer, N.L. (2017). Plants of the Free State inventory and identification guide Strelitzia 38: 1-1236. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

  • Flora Zambesiaca

    Flora Zambesiaca
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  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

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  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2022. 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 2022. 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