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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
Decumbent herb 0.3–0.4 m high, much branched with ascending branches; branches narrowly winged, the wings not continuous, denticulate, both stem and wings puberulous and glandular.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves lanceolate, 1–5 cm long, 0.2–1 cm wide, base decurrent, margins denticulate, apex acute to spinulose, hispidulous and glandular on both surfaces, also villous on midrib and margins.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Glomerules depressed-globose, 7–9 mm in diameter, enclosed by glomerule bracts of which especially the lowermost are large; peduncle 2–8 mm long, unwinged; receptacle flat; glomerule bracts broadly ovate (the outermost) to oblong, 5–6 mm long, 2–5 mm wide, mucronate with a spinose mucro, villous and glandular; capitula sessile, with 2 folded bracts 3.5–5 mm long, membranous and slightly puberulous distally.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Florets 1–3, mauve; female florets absent or 1–2, filiform, tube 2.2–2.8 mm long, lobes < 0.1 mm long, style 2.4–3 mm long, shortly bifid; inner floret 1, tube cylindrical or widening slightly, 2.7–3.2 mm long, lobes 0.2–0.4 mm long, anthers± 2.5 mm long; style 3.8–4.3 mm long, distally papillose, shortly bifid.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achenes of outer florets cylindrical, 0.7–1 mm long, puberulous, of inner florets 0.7–1 mm long, glabrous and glandular.
Habitat
'heavy soil' (fide Leippert); 1500 m
Distribution
T2 not known elsewhere

Native to:

Tanzania

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

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Fischer [346], Tanzania K000274174 Unknown type material

First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 20: 230 (1894)

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 20: 230 (1894).
  • Robyns in Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information, Kew 1924: 193 (1924).
  • Ross-Craig in Hook., Ic. Pl. ser. 5, 6: 58, t. 3513b (1955).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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