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This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia to Kenya.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Erect herb 0.2–0.3 m high, much branched; branches winged, the wings dentate and glandular, the branches sparsely puberulous.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves narrowly obovate, 1.5–6 cm long, 0.6–1.5 cm wide, base decurrent, margins dentate, apex rounded and mucronate, hispidulous and glandular on both surfaces, sparsely puberulous on midrib and margins.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Glomerules depressed globose, 6–9 mm in diameter, covered by the glomerule bracts; peduncle 3–6 mm long, not winged; receptacle flat; glomerule bracts oblong to broadly ovate, 4–6 mm long, 2.5–3.5 mm wide, margins scarious, rounded, glabrous or very sparsely hispidulous; capitula sessile, viscid; capitulum bracts 4, the laterals concave, the other two flat or slightly concave, 4–5 mm long, scarious, apex rounded or truncate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Florets 2–3 per capitulum; female florets absent (?in inner capitula) or 1–3, on a stalk up to 1 mm long, filiform, tube 2–2.6 mm long, lobes < 0.1 mm long, style 1.8–2.7 mm long, branched; inner florets 2(–3?), tube cylindrical, 2–2.8 mm long, lobes 0.2–0.3 mm long, glabrous and becoming corky, anthers 1.5–1.6 mm long; style 2.7–2.9 mm long, distally papillose, shortly bifid but with parallel branches.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achenes of outer florets ellipsoid, 0.8–1 mm long, densely hairy, those of inner florets ellipsoid, slightly flattened, 1.1–1.4 mm long, glabrous.
Habitat
Grassland on alluvial flats or swampy sites; 100–450 m
Distribution
K1 K7

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya

Sphaeranthus zavattarii Cufod. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Nuovo Giorn. Bot. Ital., n.s., 50: 107 (1943)

Accepted by

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

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Cufod. in Nuov. Giorn. Bot. Ital. (n. ser.) 50: 107 (1943).
  • Ross-Craig in Hook., Ic. Pl. ser. 5, 6: 55, t. 3512 (1955).

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