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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tropical Africa, Saudi Arabia (Asir).
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Annual herb 10–120 cm tall; stems erect, usually ± pubescent, especially towards the base, sometimes glaucous.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves sessile, pale green, sometimes purple underneath or glaucous, spatulate to oblanceolate, 0.8–7.5 cm long, 0.1–4 cm wide, base subtruncate, cuneate or attenuate into a slightly semi-amplexicaul petioloid base, sinuate-dentate to coarsely sinuate-serrate, apex rounded to obtuse, varyingly pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Capitulum
Capitula radiate, 1–12 in lax to dense terminal corymbs; stalks of the individual capitula slender, glabrous; involucre 4–6.5 mm long, 1–2.5(–4?) mm wide, glabrous; phyllaries green, (5–)8(–11), 4–6.5 mm long, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Ray florets 4–8, yellow, tube 2–3.5 mm long, glabrous or with a few hairs at the apex, rays 1.5–2.5 mm long, 0.5–1.3 mm wide, 4-veined; disc florets yellow or orange, 3–4 mm long, tube glabrous, lobes 0.2–0.5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achenes 1–2.5 mm long, shortly hairy; pappus 3–4 mm long.

[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
Nigeria, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Sudan, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Congo (Kinshasa), Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Ecology
Dry bushland/woodland, degraded woodland or wooded grassland, also as a weed of cultivation; alt. 980 - 1850 m.
Ray
Ray florets 5 - 8, yellow, pistillate, 1.5 - 2.2 x 0.5 - 0.8 mm
Morphology General Habit
Erect annual herb, 5 - 30 cm high
Morphology Leaves
Leaves simple, lamina of lower ones narrowed below into a petiole- like base, often up to 2 cm long, middle and upper leaves sessile with cordate base, spathulate or spathulate-orbicular, thin, 1 - 5.5 x 0.5 - 2.5(- 3.5) cm, glabrous, rarely ciliate toward the margins, margins denticulate, ciliate, apex obtuse
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disc florets yellow; corolla 3.8 - 4 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achenes black, 1.2 - 1.3 x 0.4 - 0.5 mm, setulose, setae white
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Phyllaries
Phyllaries 8 - 10, glabrous, 5 - 6 x 0.7 - 1.3 mm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Capitulum
Capitula 3 - 12 in open cymes, radiate, oblong campanulate, 5 - 6 x 6 - 8 mm at anthesis
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Peduncles
Peduncle glabrous, bracteate, 1 - 5 cm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds Pappus
Pappus 3 - 4 mm long.
Note
Emilia abyssinica var. macroglossa C. Jeffrey (1986), which differs by having larger ray florets (2.2 - 2.5 x 1 - 1.3 mm versus 1.5 - 2.2 x 0.5 - 0.8 mm), occurs in Tanzania.
Type
Ethiopia, [Tigray], Adoa [=Adwa], Schimper 67 (P, holotype; K, M, UPS isotypes).

[FWTA]

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

Morphology General Habit
An annual herb a few inches to 18 in. high with striate glabrous or sparsely pilose stems
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Yellow ray- disk-florets in narrow heads 1/4 in. long.

Native to:

Angola, Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Oman, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Emilia abyssinica (Sch.Bip. ex A.Rich.) C.Jeffrey appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 2008 Bingham [12445], Zambia K000450161
Jan 1, 1999 Schimper [67], Ethiopia K000306785
Schimper [67], Ethiopia K000306786
Schimper [67], Ethiopia K000306787
Bidgood, S. [5117], Tanzania K000190345
Gregory, H. [131], Cameroon K000052489
Hepper, F.N. [1862], Cameroon K000052488
Bidgood, S. [6385], Tanzania K000468040
Hepper, F.N. [1862], Cameroon K000052487
Ash [1115], Ethiopia Senecio abyssinicus 35515.000

First published in Kew Bull. 41: 911 (1986)

Accepted by

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

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Ghazanfar, S.A. (1992). An Annotated Catalogue of the Vascular Plants of Oman and their Vernacular names Scripta Botanica Belgica 2: 1-153.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Agnew, A.D.Q. & Agnew, S., Upland Kenya Wild Flowers, ed. 2: 223, t. 94 (1994).
  • C.Jeffrey in Kew Bulletin 41: 911 (1986).
  • Lisowski, Aster. Fl. Afr. Centr. 2: 361 (1991).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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