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This species is accepted, and its native range is Kenya to S. 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
Evergreen shrub or slender erect tree 2–40 m tall, with ascending branches and rather light crown; trunk up to ± 60 cm in diameter, usually very fluted, eventually ± buttressed; bark light grey, longitudinally fissured, fibrous, peeling in long narrow shreds; young twigs densely shortly white-tomentose, glabrescent.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves shortly petiolate; petiole 0.3–1 cm long; blade oblanceolate, obovate or elliptic, 3–12(–15) cm long, 1–3(–5.5) cm wide, base cuneate or rarely rounded, margins entire or sometimes remotely denticulate, apex acute to obtuse and shortly acuminate, mucronate, coriaceous, strongly discolorous, green and glabrous above, silvery white or grey with short dense persistent tomentum beneath.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Capitulum
Capitula subsessile, numerous in clusters on short side-branches or bracteate raceme-like axillary thyrses shorter than the leaves, the female shorter and with fewer capitula than the male; involucre ± cylindrical or campanulate, the male 2–5 mm long, the female 3–6 mm long; phyllaries 5–8, densely white-tomentose, in the female glabrescent with age, glabrous or subglabrous above, the inner much longer than the outer, the innermost 3–5 elliptic, acute, 2.5–6 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Florets 3–9, long-exserted; corolla white; corolla tube of male florets broader than in female, 1.3–2 mm long, lobes 5, narrowly oblong, 2–3 mm long, recurved; corolla tube of female florets slender, cylindrical, shortly 2-lipped, 5-lobed, 3.5–6 mm long, lobes slender, lanceolate, ± 1 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achenes in female columnar or flattened, slightly narrowed towards the base, 2.8–4 mm long, 5–8-ribbed, densely pubescent and glandular; pappus of pale tawny minutely barbellate setae, 4–6.5 mm long.
Figures
Fig. 1.
Habitat
Dry evergreen and semi-deciduous forest and bushland on sandy soils; 1–2000 m
Distribution
K4 K7 T3 T8 U3

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
A shrub or small tree to 7(30) m. tall, deciduous in dry areas; bark dark-grey, finely fissured, flaking in strips; branches becoming dark-purplish, lenticellate and narrowly sulcate, at first greyish- or brown-tomentellous later glabrescent; leaves crowded at the ends of twigs.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves with petioles 2–14 mm. long; lamina flat or revolute, mostly 3–10(12) x 1.2–3(4) cm., larger in coppice growth, narrowly elliptic-oblanceolate to obovate or elliptic to narrowly oblong-elliptic, acute to rounded and distinctly mucronate at the apex, cuneate below, entire, slightly to strongly revolute, occasionally in obovate leaves ± strongly spinescent-denticulate, particularly towards the apex; upper surface thinly araneose, soon glabrescent and shiny dull-green with reticulate venation subprominent; lower surface greyish- or silvery-tomentellous with prominent veins.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Capitulum
Capitula few to many in short spikes, racemes or subglobose clusters; male synflorescences usually contracted into dense, stalked, axillary or terminal glomerules c. 1 cm. in diam., glomerules sometimes racemosely arranged on branchlets; female synflorescences composed of numerous, stalked, 2–6-capitulate clusters in leaf axils, or clusters racemosely arranged on numerous branchlets to c. 7 cm. long. Male capitula sessile or sometimes shortly stalked, 6–7-flowered; involucres to c. 3 mm. long, cyathiform; phyllaries increasing from c. 1 mm. long and ovate outside to c. 3 mm. long inside becoming oblong, tomentose; corollas creamy-white, 3.5–5.5 mm. long, narrowly funnel-shaped with lobes c. 2 mm. long and ± recurved; pappus sparse, setae 2–3 mm. long with barbs exceeding the seta axis in width. Female capitula stalked, 5–6-flowered; involucres to c. 6 mm. long, cylindric-obconic; phyllaries increasing from c. 1 mm. long and ovate outside to c. 5 mm. long inside becoming oblong, tomentose, outer phyllaries not extending onto the capitulum stalk; corollas 4–6 mm. long, filiform, lobes erect up to c. 0.5 mm. long; achenes 3–4 mm. long, subcylindric, obscurely 6–8-ribbed, pubescent; pappus several-seriate, setae 4–5 mm. long ± terete, seta barbs ± equalling the seta axis in width.
sex Male
Male capitula sessile or sometimes shortly stalked, 6–7-flowered; involucres to c. 3 mm. long, cyathiform; phyllaries increasing from c. 1 mm. long and ovate outside to c. 3 mm. long inside becoming oblong, tomentose; corollas creamy-white, 3.5–5.5 mm. long, narrowly funnel-shaped with lobes c. 2 mm. long and ± recurved; pappus sparse, setae 2–3 mm. long with barbs exceeding the seta axis in width.
sex Female
Female capitula stalked, 5–6-flowered; involucres to c. 6 mm. long, cylindric-obconic; phyllaries increasing from c. 1 mm. long and ovate outside to c. 5 mm. long inside becoming oblong, tomentose, outer phyllaries not extending onto the capitulum stalk; corollas 4–6 mm. long, filiform, lobes erect up to c. 0.5 mm. long; achenes 3–4 mm. long, subcylindric, obscurely 6–8-ribbed, pubescent; pappus several-seriate, setae 4–5 mm. long ± terete, seta barbs ± equalling the seta axis in width.

Native to:

Angola, Botswana, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Tanzania, Zimbabwe

Brachylaena huillensis O.Hoffm. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1998 Gossweiler, J. [4902], Angola K001307204
Jan 1, 1998 Gossweiler, J. [4359], Angola K001307205
Jan 1, 1973 Gossweiler, J. [9189], Angola K001307196
Jan 1, 1973 Gossweiler, J. [9189], Angola K001307197
Jan 1, 1972 Battiscombe, E. [27], Kenya K000274026 holotype
Jan 1, 1972 Battiscombe, E. [54], Kenya K000274027 lectotype
Antunes [121], Angola K000274031 Unknown type material
Gossweiler, J. [4902], Angola K001307198

First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 32: 149 (1902)

Accepted by

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

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Beentje, Kenya Trees, Shrubs and Lianas p. 555, fig. (1994).
  • G.V. Pope in Flora Zambesiaca 6: 8 (1992).
  • O. Hoffm. in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 32: 149 (1892).
  • Paiva in Bol. Soc. Brot., sér. 2A, 46: 369 (1972).

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