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  1. Family: Asteraceae Bercht. & J.Presl
    1. Genus: Senecio L.
      1. Senecio schweinfurthii O.Hoffm.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is DR Congo to Kenya and Tanzania.


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

    Perennial herb with creeping woody rhizome and sometimes with the main stem prostrate, and ascending branching leafy flowering stems 20–150 cm high; stems pale to bright green, sparsely glandular-pubescent.
    Leaves crowded in terminal rosettes, with smaller ones on the inflorescence, somewhat succulent, sticky, oblanceolate-linear, oblanceolate, oblong or narrowly lanceolate, 6.5–26 cm long, 0.6–3 cm wide, tapered into a slightly expanded subauriculate semi-amplexicaul base, margins minutely to strongly sinuate-dentate or sinuate-serrate, revolute, apex subacute to rounded, minutely apiculate, bright green with paler midrib, densely glandular-pubescent above, glandular and minutely ciliate on the margins, glandular-pubescent and sometimes also slightly arachnoid beneath; stem leaves few, sessile, semi-amplexicaul, auriculate.
    Capitula discoid, scented with a sweet or musky odour, erect, 3–many in lax terminal cymose corymbs or panicles; stalks of the individual capitula glandular; involucre suburceolate-campanulate, cylindrical in lower 2/3, very slightly contracted just below, then expanded at, the apex, 9–14 mm long, 4–7 mm in diameter; bracts of calyculus 3–6, lax, lanceolate to broadly so, 3–6 mm long, pale green with dark tips, glandular; phyllaries 10–20, green, brown and bearded at the apex, 8–12 mm long, glandular, rarely also sparsely arachnoid, with hyaline margins and paler main veins translucent towards the apex.
    Ray florets 0; disc florets pale to bright yellow, corolla 7.5–11 mm long, tube expanded above the middle, glabrous or with a few hairs at the base, lobes 0.7–1.2 mm long.
    Achenes 2.7–4 mm long, ribbed, shortly hairy; pappus 10 mm long.
    Fig. 136 (page 658).
    Open moorland, lava flows and dry stone slopes, giant heath/Protea zone, clearings in upper montane forest; 2300–4500 m
    K3 K4 K5 K6 T2



    Native to:

    Kenya, Tanzania, Zaïre


    Other Data

    Senecio schweinfurthii O.Hoffm. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 2005 Luke, W.R.Q. [9011], Kenya K000334331
    Dec 6, 1990 Freidberg, A. [93], Kenya K000334319
    Jan 1, 1953 Bally, P.R.O. [4983], Kenya K000334318
    Jan 1, 1953 Napier, E.R. [1246], Kenya K000334328
    Jan 1, 1953 Bally, J. [3235], Kenya K000334321
    Jan 1, 1953 Hedberg, O. [1588], Kenya K000334320
    Jan 1, 1953 Hedberg, O. [1881], Kenya K000334332
    Jan 1, 1953 James, E. [1905], Kenya K000334327
    Napier, E.R. [2263], Kenya K000334317
    Polhill [477], Kenya K000334329
    Glover, P.E. [1036], Kenya K000334336
    Mabberley, D.J. [256], Kenya K000334316
    Tweedie [2803], Kenya K000334314
    Tweedie [1958], Kenya K000334330
    Fries, R.E. [665] K000311535
    Coe, M. [750], Kenya K000334326
    Powles [5], Kenya K000334313
    Kerfoot, O. [2874], Kenya K000334333
    Symes, Y.E. [640], Kenya K000334315
    Smith, S.A.L. [204], Kenya K000334312
    Lewis, W.H. [5920], Kenya K000334322
    Forsberg, F.R. [49878], Kenya K000334324
    Whittal, E. [156], Kenya K000334334
    Whittal, E. [234], Kenya K000334335
    s.coll. [9115], Kenya K000334325
    Gedge [6795], Kenya K000334323


    First published in Pflanzenw. Ost-Afrikas, C: 417 (1895)

    Accepted by

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


    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Agnew, A.D.Q. & Agnew, S., Upland Kenya Wild Flowers, ed. 2: 222 (1994).
    • Lisowski, Aster. Fl. Afr. Centr. 2: 307 (1991).
    • Blundell, Wild Flow. E. Afr.: fig. 383 (1987).
    • C. Jeffrey in Kew Bulletin 41: 901 (1986).
    • O. Hedberg, Afroalpine Vascular Plants p. 244, 363, t. 7a (1957).
    • O.Hoffm. in Die Pflanzenwelt Ost-Afrikas und der Nachbargebiete, Theile C: 417 (1895).


    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa

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