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

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
An erect suffrutex 18–80 cm. tall, from a woody rootstock.
Morphology Stem
Stems annual, 1-several, simple or sometimes branching at the apex, leafy, white sericeous-lanate.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves ± discolorous, ± ascending, stem-sheathing at the base; mostly 6–24 x 2–7 cm., lanceolate-elliptic, acute at the apex, rounded to cuneate below and usually narrowing to a winged petiole-like midrib 1–25 mm. long, before grading into a cylindrical, membranous, sericeous-lanate sheath 10–20 mm. long, or lamina base amplexicaul passing directly into a deep funnel-shaped sheathing base; margins finely sharply serrulate; upper surface green and glabrous, lower surface white araneose-sericeous; main nerves 6–10 on each side of the midrib, impressed on upper surface, prominent beneath, tertiary venation finely reticulate and prominent on both surfaces though ± obscured by indumentum beneath.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Capitulum
Capitula solitary, terminal, occasionally 2–4, on short to long stout stalks, sometimes subsessile in one or more leaf axils.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Involucre
Involucres mostly 20–35 x 12–20 mm., spreading to c. 55 mm. wide, obconic-campanulate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Phyllaries
Phyllaries numerous, coriaceous, glabrous, finely striate, margins narrowly hyaline, from 4 mm. long and triangular-ovate outside, increasing to c. 24 mm. long and oblanceolate-lorate inside; middle phyllaries up to c. 8 mm. wide, oblong and ± expanded in the upper part, rounded at the apex; inner phyllaries narrower.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Florets very numerous; corollas bright- or deep-red, up to c. 25 mm. long, with a long slender tube abruptly dilated into a short cylindric deeply narrowly-lobed limb which exceeds the pappus and involucre, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achenes 7–11 mm. long, narrowly cylindric, obscurely narrowly many-ribbed, hispid; pappus of copious barbellate setae 7–17 mm. long.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Herb, several-stemmed, with woody tuberous rootstock; stems ascending, white-tomentose, 20–50 cm tall.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves sessile; blade ovate or lanceolate, 10–18 cm long, 1–6 cm wide, rounded or cuneate into a slightly to prominently expanded ± sheathing base, minutely serrulate, obtuse to acute and obscurely acuminate-apiculate, bright green and glabrous above, silvery-white or grey tomentose beneath, pinnately veined with numerous conspicuous subparallel ascending veins.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Capitulum
Capitula solitary, terminal; involucre narrowly ovoid to obconic, 27–35 mm long, glabrous or almost so; phyllaries ± 70, ± 8-seriate, rather rigid, outer ovate, median broadly oblong or oblong, innermost narrowly elliptic or oblong-elliptic, all obtuse to rounded, smooth, green with purplish membranous margins, the longest to 19 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Florets ± 40; corolla dark crimson red or rarely pale pink, 22–24 mm long, lobes oblong-lanceolate, 4.5–6 mm long, anthers red or rarely pale yellow.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achenes 8–11 mm long, strongly 5-ribbed, ascending-pilose; pappus stramineous, 12–16 mm long.
Figures
Fig. 6/1–2.
Habitat
Deciduous woodland and wooded grassland; 850–1550 m
Distribution
T1 T4 T7 T8

Native to:

Angola, Burundi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre

Pleiotaxis pulcherrima Steetz appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1971 Dawe, M.J. [343], Angola K001307231
Jan 1, 1971 Gossweiler, J. [9367], Angola K001307220
Jan 1, 1971 Gossweiler, J. [9367], Angola K001307219
Jan 1, 1971 Welwitsch, F.M.J [3890], Angola K001307230
Jan 1, 1971 Gossweiler, J. [9532], Angola K001307221
Rogers, F.A. [8381] K000252300 Unknown type material
Ferreira, A.R. [382], Angola K001307232
Wellman, J.C. [1824], Angola K001307233
Sapin, A. Pleiotaxis sapinii K000252291

First published in Naturw. Reise Mossambique 6(Bot., 2): 499, 500 (1864)

Accepted by

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

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • C. Jeffrey in Kew Bulletin 21: 182 (1967).
  • G.V. Pope in Flora Zambesiaca 6: 12 (1992).
  • Lisowski, Aster. Fl. Afr. Centr. 1: 507 (1991).
  • Oliv. & Hiern in Flora of Tropical Africa 3: 440 (1877).
  • Steetz in Peters, Reise Mossamb., Bot. 1: 500, t. 51 (1864).
  • Troupin, Fl. Rwanda 3: 682, fig. 213/1a–b (1985).

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