Nidorella attenuata (DC.) J.C.Manning & Goldblatt

This species is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & S. Africa, Madagascar.


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

Morphology General Habit
An erect glabrous annual herb 2-6 ft. high
Morphology Leaves
Lower leaves stalked; upper leaves clasping the stem but hardly auricled
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Flower-heads small and numerous with pale yellow florets
A weedy plant of open ground.


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

Morphology General Habit
Annual or biennial herb (perennial fide Drummond & Hemsley), erect, 0.2–3 m tall; stems branched, slightly woody at base, terete, ribbed, glabrous or sparsely pubescent.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves sessile or with a pseudopetiole, membranous, narrowly ovate or narrowly lanceolate, 4–22 cm long, 1–6 cm wide, attenuate at the base but widening at the very base to clasp the stem and sometimes subauriculate, the margins serrulate to serrate with callose teeth or subentire (not in ours), attenuate at the apex, glabrous to sparsely puberulous on both surfaces.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Capitulum
Capitula 2–5 mm long, several together in lax half-globose cymes, several to very many cymes combined in large terminal leafy compound panicles or corymbs to 25 cm across, the axes puberulous to glabrous; stalks of individual capitula 2–7 mm long; phyllaries 3–4-seriate, 28–30, pale green, the innermost longest, lanceolate, 1.5–4 mm long, the margins hyaline and serrulate, acuminate to attenuate, glabrous; receptacle flat or toroid, hardly toothed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Marginal florets white, cream or yellow, many, female, tube narrowly cylindric, 0.9–1 mm long, apex minutely toothed, glabrous, style 2–2.5 mm long; central florets white, cream or yellow, fewer than marginal ones, ± 15, tube 1.3–1.7 mm long, lobes 0.5–0.7 mm long, puberulous, anthers 0.8–0.9 mm long; style ± 3 mm long with flattened, lanceolate branches.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achenes of marginal florets narrowly obovate, compressed, 0.7–1 mm long, slightly 2-ribbed, minutely tuberculate; achenes of central florets narrower than those of marginal florets, ± 0.8 mm long, not tuberculate; pappus of many setae, 1.5–3 mm long, silvery-grey or tawny.
Riverine forest or thicket, forest margins, old cultivations; 300–1700 m
from Sierra Leone to Congo (Kinshasa), Ethiopia, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Madagascar K1 K4 T2 T3 T6 T7 U3 U4

Native to:

Angola, Cameroon, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gulf of Guinea Is., KwaZulu-Natal, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Togo, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Nidorella attenuata (DC.) J.C.Manning & Goldblatt appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Baron, R. [4036], Madagascar Conyza amplexicaulis K000273911 Unknown type material Yes
Jan 1, 2004 Ghogue, J.-P. [1088], Cameroon Conyza attenuata K000746091 No
Aug 1, 2001 Cheek, M. [9606], Cameroon Conyza attenuata K000008035 No
Jul 1, 2001 Etuge, M. [1846], Cameroon Conyza attenuata K000108690 No
Aug 1, 1998 Zapfack, L. [769], Cameroon Conyza attenuata K000746895 No
Baron, R. [4960], Madagascar Conyza attenuata K000273920 Unknown type material Yes
Madagascar Conyza attenuata K000273921 Yes
Dalziel, J.M. [8188], Cameroon Conyza attenuata K000051959 No
Maitland, T.D. [43a], Cameroon Conyza attenuata K000051957 No
Migeod, F. W. H. [62], Cameroon Conyza attenuata K000051958 No
Keay, R.W.J. [FHI 28327], Cameroon Conyza attenuata K000051960 No
Letouzey, R. [14243], Cameroon Conyza attenuata K000051988 No

First published in Strelitzia 29: 794 (2012)

Accepted by

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


Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Beentje, H.J. (2021). Flore du Gabon 56: 1-148. Muséum National D'Histoire Naturelle, Paris.

  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Flora of West Tropical Africa

    Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

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  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2022. Published on the Internet at and
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families.

  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2022. Published on the Internet at and
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families.