1. Family: Asteraceae Bercht. & J.Presl
    1. Genus: Senecio L.
      1. Senecio aequinoctialis R.E.Fr.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia to Kenya.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Woody herb, tufted, with often numerous ascending flowering stems 5–37 cm high, stems purple-tinged, thinly arachnoid and glabrescent.
    Leaves
    Lower leaves subsucculent, light green with purple-tinged veins, sessile, linear-lanceolate to oblanceolate or elliptic in outline, 2–7.5 cm long, 0.15–0.7 cm wide (–1.5 cm across the lobes), attenuate into a not or hardly expanded membraneous base, margins entire or denticulate to conspicuously pinnately serrate or lobulate or with a few remote pinnate teeth or narrow ascending lobes, apex obtuse to subacute, apiculate, sparsely arachnoid to glabrous except at very base; upper leaves sessile, smaller, ± serrate, subauriculate at the base.
    Capitulum
    Capitula radiate, erect, 1–5 in a terminal corymb on each flowering stem; stalks of the individual capitula arachnoid, at least at apex, ± slender; involucre cylindrical-campanulate or shortly so, green, 6–7.5 mm long, 3.5–5 mm in diameter; bracts of calyculus 8–16, lanceolate to broadly so, imbricate or spreading, green or purplish with dark tips or dark-coloured in upper half, 1–3.5 mm long, slightly arachnoid or ciliate at least at base; phyllaries 15–20, green or purplish, dark in upper part or at the apex, 5–7 mm long, glabrous or almost so.
    Florets
    Ray florets 10–14, yellow, tube 3.2–3.5 mm long, hairy, rays 6.5–9 mm long, 2–3 mm wide, 4-veined; disc florets yellow, corolla 4–5 mm long, expanded above the middle, glabrous or with 1 or 2 hairs at the base only, lobes 0.5 mm long.
    Fruits
    Achenes 2–2.5 mm long, ribbed, shortly hairy in the grooves; pappus 3.5–4.5 mm long.
    Habitat
    Moist sites in afro-alpine grassland, shallow soil over rocks; 3000–4250 m
    Distribution
    endemic to Nyandarua/Aberdares and Mt Kenya K3 K4

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Ethiopia, Kenya

    Senecio aequinoctialis R.E.Fr. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Fries, R.E. [2360] K000311368

    First published in Acta Horti Berg. ix. 152 (1928).

    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 (1994).
    • C. Jeffrey in Kew Bulletin 41: 900 (1986).
    • O. Hedberg, Afroalpine Vascular Plants p. 242, 362 (1957).
    • R.E.Fr. in Acta Hort. Berg. 9: 152 (1928).

    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
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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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