Skip to main content
This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia to S. Tropical Africa.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Perennial herb or subshrub 0.2–1.2 m high with one to several stems, much branched, erect or less often straggling, from a woody rootstock; stems grey-tomentellous and glandular.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves sessile, lanceolate or linear, 1–6 cm long, 0.1–0.4 cm wide, base acute, margins revolute, apex acute and mucronate, white-tomentellous beneath, araneose-puberulous and glandular above but glabrescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Capitulum
Capitula 6–10 mm long, heterogamous, solitary or in few-headed cymes, these united in many-headed lax leafy corymbs; stalks of individual capitula 2–6 mm long; phyllaries pale green with dark tips, lanceolate to linear, 1.5–7.5 mm long, acute, pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Ray florets mauve, pink or purple, 8–23, tube cylindric, 2.8–3.3 mm long, ray elliptic, 3.5–7.5 mm long, 1.2–1.6 mm wide, slightly glandular-hairy, style 4–4.3 mm long; disc florets yellow or orange-yellow, 16–94, tube cylindric, 4.3–5 mm long, lobes 0.2–0.4 mm long, anthers 2.5–2.7 mm long, style 4.7–6 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achenes cylindric, 1–1.5 mm long, proximally with a few hairs; pappus of 9–12 bristles 4.5–5 mm long, barbellate, and an outer row of 14–20 shorter bristles to 0.5 mm long.
Figures
Fig. 93 (page 455).

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Athrixia rosmarinifolia Oliv. & Hiern appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Ash [228], Ethiopia 900.013
Schimper [265], Ethiopia K000415229
Roth [101], Ethiopia K000415230
Schimper [265], Ethiopia K000415231

First published in Fl. Trop. Afr. 3: 355 (1877)

Accepted by

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

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Agnew, A.D.Q. & Agnew, S., Upland Kenya Wild Flowers, ed. 2: 213, t. 87 (1994).
  • F. W. Andr., The Flowering Plants of the Sudan 3: 10 (1956).
  • J.P.M. Brenan, Check-lists of the Forest Trees and Shrubs of the British Empire no. 5, part II, Tanganyika Territory p. 147 (1949).
  • Kroner in Mitt. Bot. Staats., München 16: 54 (1980).
  • Lisowski in Flore d'Afrique Centrale Compositae, Inuleae: 230, t. 47 (1989).
  • Oliv. & Hiern in Flora of Tropical Africa 3: 355 (1877).
  • P.J. Cribb & G.P. Leedal, Mountain Flow. S. Tanz.: 150, t. 39d (1982).

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

Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. 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 2021. 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