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  1. Family: Asteraceae Bercht. & J.Presl
    1. Genus: Inula L.
      1. Inula shirensis Oliv.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Congo to Tanzania and S. Tropical Africa.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Perennial herb with a rosette of basal leaves and an erect flowering stem 0.3–1.5 m high; stem deeply furrowed, pilose, pubescent in the branched (inflorescence) part.
    Leaves
    Basal leaves appressed to the ground (the lowermost) to suberect, petiolate, petiole to 10 cm long, blade elliptic, 15–45 cm long, 7–26 cm wide, base cuneate, margin sinuate-crenate, apex rounded, scabrid-pilose above with tubercle-based hairs, hirsute-pilose beneath; cauline leaves sessile, much smaller, 4–13 cm long, 2–3 cm wide, with semi-amplexicaul base.
    Capitulum
    Capitula 2.2–4 cm long, heterogamous, solitary or up to 4 together in leafy corymbs; stalks of individual capitula densely hirsute; phyllaries ovate to lanceolate, 1–2.5 cm long, acute, densely pubescent.
    Florets
    Florets yellow; ray florets bright yellow, tube cylindric, 6–7.5 mm long, limb 8–14 mm long, 1.5–2 mm wide, glandular beneath, style 6.5–9 mm long; inner florets cylindric, 7–7.5 mm long, lobes 0.5–0.7 mm long, glandular; anthers 4.2–4.3 mm long with long tails, style 8–8.8 mm long.
    Fruits
    Achenes cylindric, 2.3–2.5 mm long, glabrous; pappus 5–6 mm long.
    Habitat
    Miombo woodland and upland grassland, occasionally in moist sites; 900–2150 m
    Distribution
    T4 T7 T8

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Burundi, Congo, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Inula shirensis Oliv. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Buchanan [458], Malawi K000415287
    Buchanan [458], Malawi K000415288
    Carson, A. [30], Zambia K000415286

    Bibliography

    First published in Hooker's Icon. Pl. 14: t. 1399 (1882)

    Accepted by

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

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Lisowski in Flore d'Afrique Centrale Compositae, Inuleae: 48, t. 7 (1989).
    • Wild in Kirkia 12: 43 (1980).
    • Oliv. in Hook., Ic. Pl. 14 (4): 77, t. 1399 (1882).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0