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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania (incl. Zanzibar).
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
Annual herb 5–20 cm high, branched from the base, the proximal part of the stem decumbent and rooting; branches not winged, glabrous or nearly so.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves spatulate, 1.5–6 cm long, 0.5–2 cm wide, base long attenuate, margins denticulate, apex rounded to acute, glabrous, sparsely glandular beneath.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Glomerules sessile, ovoid, 5–10 mm long, 4–6 mm in diameter, the glomerule bracts covering the wholeglomerule and making it look like a conifer cone; receptacle cylindrical to ellipsoid; bracts mauve to pink distally, ovate to lanceolate, 2–4.5 mm long, acuminate with a spinulose acumen, the tips spreading; capitula sessile; capitulum bracts 4, distally mauve, 1.5–2 mm long, distally erose, scarious and glabrous, the laterals folded.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Florets 3–5; outer florets 2–4, cylindrical to slightly conical, tube 0.3–0.5 mm long, lobes minute, style 0.6–0.7 mm long, bifid; inner floret 1, tube broadly cylindrical, 0.5–0.7 mm long, lobes 0.3 mm long, anthers 0.3–0.4 mm long, style 1–1.3 mm long, briefly notched.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achenes cylindrical, 0.6–0.7 mm long, puberulous.
Habitat
Bordering temporary pools, ponds and streams, also in rice fields; may be locally common; 1–250 m
Distribution
T3 T6 T8 Z not known elsewhere

Native to:

Tanzania

Sphaeranthus spathulatus Peter appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 2007 Festo, L. [2676], Kenya K000197176
Jan 1, 2007 Festo, L. [2577], Kenya K000197175
Peter [14498], Tanzania K000274181 Unknown type material
Peter [24950], Tanzania K000274182 Unknown type material
Peter [K846], Tanzania K000274183
Sacleux, R.P. [1604], Tanzania K000274184 Unknown type material

First published in , n.f., 13(2): 27, 9 (1928)

Accepted by

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

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Peter, Wasserpfl. & Sumpfgew. Deutsch-Ostafrika: 92 in clavi (1928).
  • Ross-Craig in Hook., Ic. Pl. ser. 5, 6: 76, t. 3520b (1954).

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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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