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This species is accepted, and its native range is Chad to Kenya and S. Tropical Africa.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Perennial herb 0.4–0.9 m tall, erect or decumbent and rooting at the nodes and sending up erect leafy branches; stems often reddish, winged or with interrupted wings, glabrous; wings 1–3 mm wide, entire or dentate.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves aromatic, narrowly elliptic to almost linear, 1–13 cm long, 0.1–1.3 cm wide, base decurrent, margins denticulate or subentire, apex acute or obtuse, glabrous or rarely sparsely puberulous along midrib and margins, glandular-punctate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Glomerules purple or mauve (rarely white), globose to ovoid, 7–15 mm long, 7–10 mm in diameter; peduncles 1–11 cm long, with or without very narrow wings; receptacle orbicular to ellipsoid; glomerule bracts hidden (apart from the apex) except for the lowermost in the early stages, ovate to obovate, 2.5–4 mm long, margins ciliate, apex apiculate, puberulous; capitula sessile, with 2–4 bracts, the laterals folded, cuneiform, 2–3 mm long, scarious, apiculate, distally papillose.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Florets:outer florets 4(–6), tube narrowing from a slightly inflated and corky base, 1.3–1.6 mm long (only occasionally in var. randii, never in var. bibracteata), or more often cylindrical, 1.7–2.5 mm long, lobes 0.1(–0.3) mm long; style 2.5–3 mm long or more often included and invisible; inner florets (1–)2, tube widening from a narrow base, glandular and corky, constricted just below the lobes, 0.9–1.7 mm long, lobes glandular, 0.3–0.4 mm long, anthers 0.9–1.2 mm long, style 1.5–2.2 mm long, entire or minutely bifid.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achenes of outer florets narrowly ellipsoid, 1–1.2 mm long, puberulous and glandular, of inner florets glabrous, ?sterile.

Native to:

Chad, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Sphaeranthus randii S.Moore appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Lacroix, I.F. [4810], Malawi K000662232

First published in J. Bot. 46: 40 (1908)

Accepted by

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

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • F. W. Andr., The Flowering Plants of the Sudan 3: 53 (1956).
  • Lisowski in Flore d'Afrique Centrale Compositae, Inuleae: 225 (1989).
  • Ross-Craig in Hook., Ic. Pl. ser. 5, 6: 67, t. 3517a (1955).
  • S. Moore in Journal of Botany 46: 40 (1908).
  • Wild in Kirkia 12: 108 (1980).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

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/
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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