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

[KBu]

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

Conservation
Least concern (LC).
Distribution
South and south-eastern Ethiopia.
Ecology
Grassland, secondary grassland, secondary bushland, in ruderal situations and very often on steep slopes; alt. (1350 -)1900 - 2750 m.
Morphology General Habit
Trailing perennial herb with, at intervals, erect branches 20 - 50 cm high
Morphology Leaves
Lower and middle cauline leaves pseudo-petiolate, pandurate, spathulate or almost deltoid with a long pseudopetiole, 1.5 - 8.5 x 0.5 - 4 cm, glabrous, light purplish on the lower surface, pseudo-petiole up to 4 cm long, winged and auriculate-semi-amplexicaul, glabrous to sparsely pubescent; upper leaves sessile, ovate to narrowly ovate, 1 - 10 x 0.2 - 4 cm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Florets pale to bright violet, red-violet, or mauve-pink; corolla tubular, 5.5 - 7 mm long, glabrous, lobes 1.2 - 2 mm long, glabrous; anthers 1.5 - 2 mm long, connective ± 0.5 mm long, collar ± 0.5 mm long; style bifurcate, 6.5 - 7 mm long, arms 0.8 - 1 mm long, apex truncate with few long papillae on margins
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Receptacle
Receptacle convex, 2.7 - 3.5 mm wide; phyllaries (7 -) 8 (- 10), pale green, 4 - 7 x 0.7 - 1.5 mm, glabrous or pubescent throughout, hairs ciliate, purple at apex
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achenes light brown, slightly curved, oblong-elliptic, 1 - 1.4 x 0.4 - 0.5 mm, 5- ribbed, ribs papillose or shortly hairy; pappus 4 - 5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Capitulum
Capitula 2 - 8 in open terminal cymes, very rarely solitary, discoid
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Peduncles
Peduncle bracteate, 1.5 - 11 cm long, slender, glabrous; involucre cylindric-campanulate, (4 -)5 - 6.5 x 3 - 4.5 mm
Morphology Stem
Stem one to several from the root apex, up to 2 m long, wiry, 2.5 - 4 mm in diameter at base, lower parts dark purplish-brown, devoid of leaves or with shrivelled leaves, branched, glabrous, branches leafy, glabrous to sparsely pilose
Note
This species is distinct within the group of NE African species without ray florets and with white, pink or mauve disc florets in its perennial and trailing or creeping habit, coupled to rather small phyllaries and achenes. 12.
Type
Ethiopia, Keffa, Soddo road, above Nadda, 7500 ft, 26 Oct. 1954, Mooney 6205 (K, holotypus; ETH, isotypus).

Native to:

Ethiopia

Emilia serpentina Mesfin & Beentje appears in other Kew resources:

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.

Literature

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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