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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & S. Africa.
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
Perennial sub-shrub 20–120 cm high, with 1-several stems arising from a xylopodium 1–3.5 cm in diameter, the stems erect, rigid, woody, somewhat branched, colour from straw-colour through reddish brown to black, short-pubescent, more densely so on apical part.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate to sub-opposite, sessile to shortly petiolate, petiole to 6 mm, blade lanceolate to ovate, 0.8–6.2(–8) cm long, 0.2–2.2(–4.5) cm wide, margins often slightly thickened, entire to serrate, sometimes irregularly lobulate, pubescent, especially on veins, sometimes glabrous or pubescence confined to leaf margins, glandular-punctate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence of dense corymbs; bracts 3.5–10 mm long, linear to linear-lanceolate and foliaceous; capitula 8–14 mm long, 3–6 mm wide, stalks of individual capitula 2–10 mm, apparently extending in fruit up to 18 mm; phyllaries 5–7, 1–2-seriate, if outer series present 3–5 mm long, 1–1.5 mm wide, somewhat shorter than inner series, 4–9 mm long, 1–3.5 mm wide, green, sometimes with reddish or purplish tips, lanceolate to oblong-ovate, pubescent, ± glandular-punctate towards apices, with scarious, fimbriate margins, apex obtuse; receptacle flat.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Florets 4–5, corolla 5–7 mm long, whitish, narrowly campanulate at the apex, 5-lobed, outer surface ± covered with hairs and/or small glands; anthers brown, basally obtuse with ovate apical appendages, anther-collars thickened; style-arms linear, very long, often contorted, shortly appendaged.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achenes brown, 3–4 mm long, ± 6-ribbed, setuliferous or with some evidence of setae and often with glands, straw-coloured carpopodium evident; pappus uniseriate, straw-coloured, 5–8 mm long, dense.
Figures
Fig. 180 (page 826).
Habitat
Pyrophyte, often found on regularly burned highland grassland, a weed of cultivation, also in woodland; grows in dense clumps;(350–)1050–2450 m
Distribution
K3 K5 T1 T4 T5 T7 T8 U1 U2 U3 U4

[KBu]

Hind, D.J.N. & Goyder, D.J. 2014. Stomatanthes tundavalaensis (Compositae: Eupatorieae: Eupatoriinae), a new species from Huíla Province, Angola, and a synopsis of the African species of Stomatanthes. Kew Bulletin 69: 9545. DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s12

Distribution
Guinea, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Congo (Brazzaville), Congo (Kinshasa), Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Mozambique, Angola, South Africa.

[FWTA]

Compositae, C. D. Adams. Flora of West Tropical Africa 2. 1963

Morphology General Habit
A herb or undershrub with usually several erect curled-pubescent stems 6 in. to 3 ft. high arising from a perennial woody stock
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Florets cream to greyish-mauve, rather few in numerous small heads clustered at the branch-tips
Ecology
In grassland, mostly in hilly districts.

Native to:

Angola, Benin, Burkina, Central African Repu, Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ivory Coast, Mozambique, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Sudan, Swaziland, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Stomatanthes africanus (Oliv. & Hiern) R.M.King & H.Rob. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 2009 Mwangoka, M.A. [4153], Tanzania K000614914
Jan 1, 2007 Luke, W.R.Q. [11632], Tanzania K000197177
Dec 1, 1999 Whyte, A. [s.n.], Malawi K000768734 syntype
Schweinfurth, G. [2897], Congo K000273395 syntype
Whyte, A. [s.n.], Malawi K000273397 Unknown type material
Kirk [s.n.], Mozambique K000273398 Unknown type material
McClounie, J. [30], Malawi K000768733 syntype
Thomson, J. [7], Malawi K000768732 syntype
Hepper, F.N. [1888], Cameroon K000050980
Ujor, E.U. [FHI 30040], Cameroon K000051852
Maitland, T.D. [1412], Cameroon K000050990
Hepper, F.N. [2129], Cameroon K000050979
Maitland, T.D. [1492], Cameroon K000050991
Jackson G. [2509], Cameroon K000051853
Ash [1985], Ethiopia Eupatorium africanum 35538.000

First published in Phytologia 19: 430 (1970)

Accepted by

  • Beentje, H.J. (2021). Flore du Gabon 56: 1-148. Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris.
  • Roskov Y. & al. (eds.) (2018). Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands.

Literature

Kew Bulletin

  • (King & Robinson 1970: 430).

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Beentje, H.J. (2021). Flore du Gabon 56: 1-148. Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Agnew, A.D.Q. & Agnew, S., Upland Kenya Wild Flowers, ed. 2: 204, t. 83 pro parte (1994).
  • H.M. Burkill, Useful Pl. W. Trop. Afr. ed. 2, 1: 492 (1985).
  • Lisowski, Asterac. Afr. Centr. 2: 452, fig. 93 (1991).
  • R.M. King & H. Rob., the Genera of the Eupatorieae: 71, t. 6 (1987).
  • R.M.King & H.Rob. in Phytologia 19: 430 (1970).

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