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This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium


Tadesse, M., & Beentje, H. (2004). A Synopsis and New Species of Emilia (Compositae-Senecioneae) in Northeast Tropical Africa. Kew Bulletin, 59(3), 469-482. doi:10.2307/4110954

Least concern (LC).
Bushed grassland, woodland, secondary wooded grassland, ruderal sites; often on steep rocky slopes; alt. 1000 - 2400 m.
Morphology General Habit
Annual herb, erect, 10- 45 cm high
Morphology Leaves
Leaves slightly fleshy, grey-green, the lowermost often purple beneath, broadly ovate, deltoid or rounded, 1 - 7 x 0.5 - 4.5 cm, base truncate or broadly cuneate, narrowed into a narrowly or broadly winged petiole, sometimes wings unequal and/or lobulate, margins broadly sinuate-dentate, apex obtuse or rounded, glabrous or glabrescent; middle and upper cauline leaves sessile, pandurate, ovate or narrowly ovate, 1 - 4.5(- 11) x 0.5 - 2 (- 4) cm, auriculate-semi-amplexicaul, margins sinuate-serrate or dentate especially near the base
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Florets pale pink or purple, exserted from the involucre; corolla tubular, slightly expanded in the limb, 4.5 - 6.2 mm long, glabrous, lobes 1 - 1.5 mm long, papillose at apex; anthers 1.5 - 1.8 mm long, connective ± 0.2 mm long; style 5 - 5.5 mm long, bifurcate, apex truncate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Receptacle
Receptacle flat or convex, 1 - 3 mm wide
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achenes brown to black, oblong, 1.5 - 2.2 x 0.5 - 0.6 mm, 5-ribbed, hairs along the ribs; pappus 2.5 - 4 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Phyllaries
Phyllaries green, (6 -) 8 (- 9), 4 - 4.5 x 0.5 - 1 mm at anthesis, up to 5.8 x 1.5 mm in fruit, slightly unequal, glabrous, rarely sparsely pilose, apex purplish and papillose
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Capitulum
Capitula 2 - 4 in open cymes, discoid
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Peduncles
Peduncle slender to filiform, bracteate, 1 -9 cm long, glabrous to very sparsely ciliate; involucre 3 - 6.5 mm long, 2.5 - 4 mm in diameter at anthesis
Morphology Stem
Stem solitary or intricately branched from near the base, slender, slightly fleshy, glabrous to sparsely pubescent
Emilia herbacea differs from E. pammicrocephala (S. Moore) C. Jeffrey in having larger capitula (including involucre, peduncle and corolla) and achenes. Compared to the species of Emilia in Central Africa it comes near to E. tessmannii (Mattf.) C. Jeffrey, a species known so far from Cameroon, Uganda, Congo (Kinshasa) and Burundi, and E. moutsamboteana Lisowski, a species restricted to Congo. Emilia herbacea differs from both species in leaf morphology (narrowly obovate to obovate in E. tessmannii; obovate to spathulate in E. moutsamboteana), capitula width (5 - 6 mm in E. tessmannii; 5 - 8 mm in E. moutsamboteana), phyllary number (8 - 12 and 12, respectively) and achene length (3.5 mm long in E. tessmannii; 2 - 2.3 mm long in E. moutsamboteana).
Ethiopia, Keffa, Ghibe gorge, 1 km NE of Abelti, 1650 m, 25 July 1986, Gilbert & Ermias 8351 (K, holotypus; ETH, isotypus).

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Emilia herbacea Mesfin & Beentje appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Aug 1, 2001 Gilbert, M.G. [8351], Ethiopia K000306782 holotype

First published in Kew Bull. 59: 473 (2004)

Accepted by

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


Kew Bulletin

  • --- & Beentje, H. J. (in press). Senecioneae. In: H. J. Beentje, C. Jeffrey & D. J. N. Hind, Flora of Tropical East Africa, Compositae part 3. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • --- (1997). What is Emilia coccinea (Sims) G. Don (Compositae)? - A revision of the large-headed Emilia species of Africa. Kew Bull. 52: 205-212.
  • Bremer, K. (1994). Asteraceae: Cladistics & Classification. Portland Press, Oregon.
  • Cufodontis, G. (1967). Enumeratio Plantarum Aethiopiae Spermatophyta (sequentia). Bull. Jard. Bot. Belg. 37 (3) suppl.: 1115-1193.
  • Garabedian, S. (1924). A revision of Emilia. Bull. Misc. Inform., Kew 1924: 137-144.
  • Jeffrey, C. (1986). The Senecioneae in East Tropical Africa. Notes on Compositae: IV. Kew Bull. 41: 873- 943.
  • Lisowski, S. (1991). Le genre Emilia (Asteraceae, Senecioneae) en Afrique Centrale (Congo, Zaire, Rwanda, Burundi). Polish Bot. Stud. 1: 67-116.
  • Mesfin Tadesse (in press). Compositae. Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea, vol. 4, Part 2. National Herbarium, Addis Ababa.

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