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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).
Southern Ethiopia.
Wooded grassland with Acacia, Terminalia, Cussonia, Heteromorpha, Combretum and Pistacia aethiopica on red-brown soil with many ephemerals in bare areas or Acacia drepanolobium bush/woodland on brown soil; alt. 1580 - 1620 m.
Morphology General Habit
Annual herb with a slender taproot, erect, 10 - 35 cm high
Morphology Leaves
Leaves simple, alternate, membranous, elliptic, oblong- elliptic or slightly obovate, undersides purple, 3.5 - 5.5 x 0.5 - 1.2 cm, lower ones with attenuate base, middle and upper leaves sessile with slightly clasping base, oblong or oblong-narrowly ovate, up to 6 x 1.5 cm, margins serrate to sinuate-dentate ,apex acute, sparsely to densely pubescent with white crispate hairs
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Florets pale pink, 15 - 25; corolla tubular with slightly expanded limb, 5 - 6.5 mm long, lobes 1 - 1.5 mm long; style bifurcate, ± 5.5 mm long, branches ± 1.5 mm long, apex truncate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Receptacle
Receptacle 2 - 2.2 mm wide post anthesis
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achenes grey or black, oblong, straight or the outer arcuate, 1.7 - 2.2 x 0.5 mm, pubescent especially on the ribs; pappus 2.5 - 5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Capitula solitary or 2 - 4 in open cymes, discoid
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Phyllaries
Phyllaries green, 8, 5.5 - 7 x 0.5 - 1.7 mm, slightly unequal, sparsely crispate-pubescent becoming glabrous after anthesis
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Peduncles
Peduncle slender, 2.5 - 8 cm long,sparsely hairy below, glabrous in upper parts; involucre 4- 7 mm long, 3 - 4 mmin diameter at anthesis
Morphology Stem
Stem slender, 1 - 1.5 mm across at base, solitary or branched from near the base and/or in the inflorescence, slightly zig-zagging in lower parts, sparsely pubescent with white crisped hairs
This species is distinct in the group of NE African taxa without ray florets and white, pink or mauve disc florets in being an annual with short phyllaries and achenes, in the long slender peduncles and the rather narrow sessile leaves.
Ethiopia, Sidamo, 8 km W of Negelle on road to Filtu, 1600 m, 15 June 1986, Gilbert, Sebsebe & Vollesen 8250 (K, holotypus; ETH, isotypus).

Native to:


Emilia negellensis Mesfin & Beentje appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Aug 1, 2001 Gilbert, M.G. [8250], Ethiopia K000306781 holotype

First published in Kew Bull. 59: 478 (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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