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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania.
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
According to Hoffmann:annual herb 7–11 cm high, branched from the base with ascending branches; branches narrowly winged, glabrous.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves sessile, oblong, to 5 cm long, to 1.2 cm wide, base attenuate (but presumably decurrent), margins denticulate, apex obtuse and mucronate, more or less glabrous, glandular-punctate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Glomerule ovoid, looking like a small conifer-cone, 10–15 mm long, 6–7.5 mm in diameter, covered in glomerule bracts; peduncle ± 5 mm long; receptacle linear; glomerule bracts ovate and spreading (proximal) to oblanceolate and appressed (distal), 4–5 mm long, 1.3–2 mm wide; capitula sessile, with 2 lateral bracts ± 3.5 mm long, with a crested keel, obtuse and mucronate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Florets:outer florets 2–4, filiform, tube 1.3–1.4 mm long, lobes 0.1 mm long, style 1.5 mm long, branched; inner florets 2, tube widening slightly, slightly urceolate, 1.3–1.4 mm long (immature?), lobes 0.3–0.4 mm long, becoming corky, anthers 1.1–1.2 mm long; style 2 mm long, undivided and papillose.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achenes of the outer florets narrowly ovoid, 0.5–0.7 mm long, puberulous, those of inner florets narrow (sterile?), 0.5–0.6 mm long, occasionally shortly stalked, glabrous and glandular.
Habitat
Swamp;altitude unknown
Distribution
T3 only known from the type

Native to:

Tanzania

Sphaeranthus cristatus O.Hoffm. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Holst [3970], Tanzania K000274185 Unknown type material

First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 24: 470 (1898)

Accepted by

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

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • O. Hoffm. in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 24: 470 (1898).
  • Robyns in Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information, Kew 1924: 187 (1924).
  • Ross-Craig in Hook., Ic. Pl. ser. 5, 6: 78, t. 3521b (1954).

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Kew Backbone Distributions
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