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This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia to S. Tropical Africa.
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 or perhaps rarely short-lived perennial herb 2–90 cm tall, much branched or not branched at all; stems erect or decumbent, pale green, sometimes bluish, sparsely to densely white pubescent especially when young and in axils in lower part, glabrous or almost so in upper part.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves pale to bluish green, sometimes glaucous, subsucculent, sessile, spatulate or rotundate-spatulate, the uppermost sometimes oblanceolate, 0.8–10.5 cm long, 0.2–5.6 cm wide, base rounded or cuneate into a winged petioloid base, margins sinuate-dentate especially or at least 3–5-toothed on the upper margins, apex subtruncate or rounded, sparsely to densely pubescent, sometimes glabrescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Capitulum
Capitula terminal, solitary, long-stalked, radiate; capitulum stalk glabrous; involucre cylindrical, 3.5–8 mm long, 4.5–8 mm in diameter; phyllaries 6–13, bright green, sometimes tinged reddish, 3–7.5 mm long, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Florets yellow or orange, the disc florets often slightly darker in colour. Ray florets 8–26, most often 13 or 18, tube 2.7–5.5 mm long, hairy at the apex, ray 3.5–7 x 1.5–3 mm, 4-veined; disc florets bright yellow to orange, corolla 3.5–6.5 mm long, tube glabrous, lobes 0.5–0.7 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achenes 1.8–3 mm long, shortly hairy; pappus white, 3.5–7 mm long.
Figures
Fig. 121 (page 577).
Habitat
Grassland, especially where disturbed, roadsides, in cultivated areas; may be locally common; 450–2500 m
Distribution
K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 K7 T1 T2 T3 T5 T6 U1 U2

[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
Congo (Kinshasa), Rwanda, Burundi, Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Ecology
Short heavily grazed grassland, degraded woodland and ruderal situations; alt. 1350 - 1920 m.
Ray
Ray florets orange or golden yellow, 18 - 20, pistillate, 2.5 - 3 x 1 - 1.5 mm
Morphology General Habit
Erect, bushy annual herb, 10 - 40 cm high and often 10 - 20 cm wide
Morphology Leaves
Leaves simple, slightly glaucous, orbicular to obovate-spathulate, narrowed below into a winged petiolar base, puberulous, ashy or light green, 2 - 7.5 x 1 - 4 cm, margins denticulate, apex obtuse
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disc florets yellow; corolla 5 - 6 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achenes grey, oblong, 2 - 2.3 x 0.5 mm, setulose on the ribs
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Involucre
Involucre callose- thickened, yellowish brown at base
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Phyllaries
Phyllaries 12 - 14, glabrous, 6 - 7 x 0.5 - 1.8 mm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Capitulum
Capitula solitary or 1 - 3 in open cymes, radiate, campanulate, 7 - 8 x 8 - 12 mm at anthesis
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Peduncles
Peduncle glabrous, 5 - 25 cm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds Pappus
Pappus 5 - 6 mm long.
Type
Uganda, Grant s.n. (K, holotype).

Native to:

Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Emilia discifolia (Oliv.) C.Jeffrey appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 2001 Speke [s.n.], Uganda K000306778 Unknown type material
Kassner, T. [841], Kenya Senecio discifolius K000311929

First published in Kew Bull. 41: 912 (1986)

Accepted by

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

Literature

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: 912 (1986).
  • Lisowski, Aster. Fl. Afr. Centr. 2: 363, t. 79 (1991).

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