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

[FWTA]

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

Morphology General Habit
A shrub or small tree 6-15 ft. high
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Broad corymbs of minute mauve flowers
Ecology
In open grassland or at the margin of forest in mountainous country.

[FTEA]

Compositae, H. Beentje, C. Jeffrey & D.J.N. Hind. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2005

Morphology General Habit
Shrub, small tree or woody herb 1-7.5 m high; stems branching from low down, at first crispate-tomentose with brownish hairs; bark smooth, grey.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves petiolate or especially the upper sessile, elliptic or narrowly obovate to ovate, 10-45 cm long, 3-23 cm wide, attenuate towards the rounded, truncate or cordate base, margins serrate, apex acute or shortly acuminate, dull green and thinly finely pubesent mainly on veins and ± glabrescent above, whitish with often ± floccose tomentum beneath; petiole up to 7.5 cm long, auriculate or less often exauriculate at the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Capitulum
Capitula numerous in very copious terminal compound thyrsoid cymes, the whole inflorescence to 150 cm in diameter; involucre very narrowly cylindrical, 4-6 mm long; phyllaries 6-7-seriate, appressed, green, especially the inner often tinged purplish in the upper part, (broadly) ovate or elliptic, obtuse to rounded, minutely apiculate, the inner elliptic, usually acute, 4-6 mm long, eventually the innermost caducous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Florets 1 per capitulum; corolla scented, mauve, lilac or purplish, fading to white with maturity, 6.3-9 mm long, lobes 2-3 mm long, glabrous but for the throat.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achenes 3.2-4 mm long, strongly 8-10-ribbed, shortly ascending-pubescent to almost glabrescent except at the apex; outer pappus of narrow scales 0.3-1.5 mm long, inner pappus white, 5-8 mm long.
Habitat
Forest clearings and margins, riverine forest, secondary bush, woodland or thicket; 750-3000 m
Distribution
K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 T2 T4 U2 U3 U4

Native to:

Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaïre

Gymnanthemum auriculiferum (Hiern) Isawumi appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Ash [1467], Ethiopia Vernonia auriculifera 35702.000
Welwitsch [3258], Angola Vernonia auriculifera K000273124 Unknown type material
Welwitsch [3258], Angola Vernonia auriculifera K000273125
Gossweiler, J. [9893], Angola Vernonia auriculifera K001307290
Gossweiler, J. [9893], Angola Vernonia auriculifera K001307289

First published in Compositae Newslett. 46: 40 (2008)

Accepted by

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

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