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This species is accepted, and its native range is Central African Republic, Kenya 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 0.1–0.8 m high, with several branched stems arising from a decumbent base rooting at the nodes; roots long; stems yellow-green, flushed reddish or purplish; branches unwinged or very narrowly winged just below the leaf but not continuous, glabrous or sparsely pilose, sparsely glandular.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves aromatic, lanceolate to linear, 1.5–11 cm long, 0.3–1.6 cm wide, base attenuate and not or shortly decurrent, margin denticulate or serrulate to subentire, apex acute, sparsely puberulous to glabrous, glandular-punctate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Glomerules mauve or purplish, sessile or on stalks of up to 15 mm long, bristly, resembling conifer cones, (narrowly) ovoid, (10–)13–25 mm long, 7–15 mm in diameter; receptacle cylindrical or narrowly ovoid; glomerule bracts green with purple apex or entirely purple, closely overlapping, the proximal larger than the others but not forming a cup, lanceolate to widely ovate, 5–9 mm long, to 5 mm wide, acuminate, the distal violin-shaped, 3.5–6 mm long, to 3.5 mm wide, margins scarious, apex truncate and cuspidate, all bracts glabrous; capitula sessile, with 3 bracts, the laterals folded, 3–5 mm long, scarious with a truncate or cuspidate and ciliate apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Florets white with pale mauve tips; outer florets (3–)4, stalked, tube filiform, 1.7–2.6 mm long, glandular, 3-lobed at the apex with the lobes 0.1–0.2 mm long, style 1.8–3.4 mm long, bifid; inner florets 2, the tube widening and abruptly constricted just below the lobes, 1.5–2.4 mm long, rapidly becoming corky, sparsely glandular, lobes 0.3–0.7 mm long, puberulous and glandular; anthers cream, 0.7–2.3 mm long with a brief ovate distal appendage; style white with pale mauve tip, 2.6–4.7 mm long, papillose, entire or very shortly bifid at the apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achenes 0.6–1.6 mm long, ovoid and puberulous in the outer florets, flattened and glabrous in the inner florets, possibly sterile.

Native to:

Central African Repu, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia

Sphaeranthus kirkii Oliv. & Hiern appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Fl. Trop. Afr. 3: 333 (1877)

Accepted by

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

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Oliv. & Hiern in Flora of Tropical Africa 3: 333 (1877).
  • Robyns in Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information, Kew 1924: 186 (1924).
  • Ross-Craig in Hook., Ic. Pl. ser. 5, 6: 82, t. 3523a (1954).

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