Emilia Cass.

Emilia adamagibaensis Mesfin & Beentje

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


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

Vulnerable (VU D2).
Southern Ethiopia.
Grassland or bushland with scattered trees, mostly Combretum molle, on basement complex with very thin soil; alt. + 1850 m.
Morphology General Habit
Short-lived perennial herb, erect, 10 - 25 cm high
Morphology Leaves
Leaves simple, sessile, linear- narrowly ovate, 20 - 50 x 2 - 5 mm, margins entire, revolute, apex acute-acuminate, sparsely to moderately densely pubescent especially on mid-vein and margins
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Florets pale pink to almost white; corolla tubular with slightly expanded limb, 6 - 7 mm long, lobes 1 - 1.6 mm long, glabrous, papillose near apex; anthers pale yellow to white, 1.4 - 1.5 mm long, connective subulate; style 6 - 7 mm long, bifurcate, apex truncate with short papillae
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Receptacle
Receptacle flat, 1.5 - 2.5 mm wide post anthesis
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achenes (immature) brownish, oblong or oblong- elliptic, 2 - 2.5 x 0.2 - 0.5 mm, densely pubescent; pappus 3.5 - 5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Phyllaries
Phyllaries green, 8, 4.5 - 6.5 x 0.8 - 1.2 mm, glabrous or sparsely puberulous toward apex
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Capitulum
Capitula solitary or 2 - 3 together in cymes, discoid
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Peduncles
Peduncle slender, bracteate or ebracteate, 3 - 6 cm long, glabrous; involucre 4.7 - 6.7 mm long, 3.5 - 5 mm in diameter at anthesis
Morphology Stem
Stem branched and woody near the base, younger parts pubescent and green, greyish-brown and glabrous in older parts
This species comes close to Emilia micrura C. Jeffrey but differs from it in having truncate style-arm apex, sessile (not attenuate) leaf bases, and in the stems and phyllaries being sparsely to moderately densely pubescent (not glabrous). Emilia micrura is known from boggy grassland at an altitude of 450 m from SE Tanzania. In the group of NE African taxa without ray florets it stands out by the very narrow leaves coupled to the glabrous achenes.
Ethiopia, Sidamo, Adama Giba, 10 km SW of Kibre Mengist, 1850 m, 9 Nov. 1986, Gilbert & Ermias 8423 (K, holotypus; ETH, UPS, isotypi).

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Emilia adamagibaensis Mesfin & Beentje appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Aug 1, 2001 Gilbert, M.G. [8423], Ethiopia K000306784 holotype Yes

First published in Kew Bull. 59: 475 (2004)

Accepted by

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


Kew Bulletin

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  • Lisowski, S. (1991). Le genre Emilia (Asteraceae, Senecioneae) en Afrique Centrale (Congo, Zaire, Rwanda, Burundi). Polish Bot. Stud. 1: 67-116.
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