Carduus afromontanus R.E.Fr.

First published in Acta Horti Berg. 8: 21 (1925)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is Kenya to Uganda.

Descriptions

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

Morphology General Habit
Herb 0.6–1.2(–2.4?) m high, erect, branching; stems hollow, ribbed, glandular-setose and araneose but glabrescent, with sinuate spiny wings from the leaf bases.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves sessile, spiny, pinnatisect, the basal ones largest, obovate to oblanceolate in outline, 3–50 cm long, 1–17 cm wide, attenuate into a petioloid base in the basal leaves, basally decurrent and ± semi-amplexicaul in the distal leaves, with 2–6 pairs of triangulate-lobulate lobes, with spines terminating the lobes and lobules and shorter marginal spines in between, scattered-setose above, setose beneath on midrib and veins and thinly araneose over the blade.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Capitulum
Capitula subsessile, 3–8 together in subglobose terminal clusters; involucre 12–19 mm long; phyllaries many, imbricate in several series, lanceolate, 5–18 mm long, spiny-pungent, margins minutely to distinctly fimbriate or serrulate, arachnoid but rapidly glabrescent, the innermost longest; receptacle with setae ± 7 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Florets 29–52 per capitulum; corolla white or mauve to lilac-pink, tube 9.5–11 mm long, lobes 3.5–5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achenes broadly fusiform, 3.5–4 mm long, somewhat compressed, slightly curved, angled; pappus of many bristles 10–14 mm long, the longest expanded distally.
Habitat
Bamboo zone on path-sides, Hagenia-Hypericum zone in moist sites; 2550–3400 m
Distribution
K3 K4 U3
[FTEA]

Sources

  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

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

  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2022 World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2022 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0