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This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia to Tanzania.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Annual or perennial herb, 0.2–1 m tall, much branched, erect or decumbent and rooting where touching the ground; stems maroon-tinged or reddish proximally; branches winged, sparsely puberulous and glabrescent, the wings incised-dentate.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves aromatic (scent of camphor or mint), often bullate, elliptic or slightly oblanceolate, 1–8 cm long, 0.4–4 cm wide, base hardly narrowing and decurrent, margins dentate to incised-dentate, revolute when dry, apex acute, sparsely puberulous and glabrescent, glandulose.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Glomerules mauve or purple to pink, globose or ellipsoid, 7–12 mm long, 7–10 mm in diameter, rarely doubled; peduncles 1–4 cm long, winged; receptacle globose to ovoid; glomerule bracts hidden by the capitula, narrowly to broadly lanceolate to spatulate for the more distal ones, 3–4 mm long, acute-spinulose, puberulous; capitula on very short secondary receptacles, many, with 8–14 bracts, these linear to narrowly spatulate, 2.5–3.5 mm long, scarious and ciliate, spinulose, distally puberulous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Florets:outer florets 8–14, tube filiform or slightly swollen near the base, 1.5–2.2 mm long, occasionally slightly glandular, lobes ± 0.1 mm long, style 2.2–2.7 mm long; inner florets 2–3, tube narrowly infundibuliform but narrowed distally, 2–2.3 mm long, sparsely glandular, lobes 0.3–0.4 mm long, glandular and pilose, anthers 1.1–1.4 mm long, style 2.8–3.7 mm long, entire.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achenes of outer florets narrowly ellipsoid, 0.5–0.6 mm long, puberulous, of inner florets sterile and stipe-like.
Figures
Fig. 78/9–18.
Habitat
In moist sites along streams, lake edges, rock potholes, swampy sites, in seasonally moist grassy plains or along seasonal pools and luggas, often on impeded drainage soils; may be locally common or form mats; 50–1900 m
Distribution
not known elsewhere (see Note) K3 K4 K6 K7 T2 T3 T5

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania

Sphaeranthus bullatus Mattf. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Notizbl. Bot. Gart. Berlin-Dahlem 13: 290 (1936)

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: 209 (1994).
  • Mattf. in Notizblatt des Botanischen Gartens und Museums zu Berlin-Dahelm 13: 290 (1936).
  • Ross-Craig in Hook., Ic. Pl. ser. 5, 6: 28, t. 3503b (1955).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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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