1. Family: Asteraceae Bercht. & J.Presl
    1. Genus: Sonchus L.
      1. Sonchus afromontanus R.E.Fr.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Central & E. Tropical Africa.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Perennial herb, 15–50 cm high; rhizome horizontal; stems unbranched except in the inflorescence, distally sparsely hairy, especially near the inflorescence where a patch of white or reddish tomentum subtends the involucre.
    Leaves
    Leaves mostly in a rosette, lanceolate, 3–16 cm long, 0.8–2.5 cm wide, base attenuate, the very base slightly amplexicaul, margins dentate or lobed with triangular lobes to 6 mm long, apex obtuse to acute, glabrous; cauline leaves few, similar to basal leaves but with more sagittate base, widely spaced.
    Capitulum
    Capitula solitary or up to 5 together in dense clusters; involucre 10–15 mm long; phyllaries green, the outer with dark margins and midrib, ovate to lanceolate, 3–15 mm long, acute or obtuse with a hair-tuft, the outermost tomentose near the base, otherwise glabrous.
    Florets
    Florets many; corolla yellow, the outer purplish beneath, tube narrowly cylindric, 7.5–8 mm long, ligule 4.5–5 mm long, 1–1.5 mm wide.
    Fruits
    Achenes dark brown to black, narrowly obovoid or ellipsoid, 3–4 mm long, slightly flattened, ribbed; pappus white, 7–9 mm long.
    Habitat
    In short grassland or on almost bare ground, usually on volcanic substrate, also a weed of Pyrethrum fields; 2400–3400 m
    Distribution
    K3 T2 T7 U3

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaïre

    Sonchus afromontanus R.E.Fr. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Tweedie [2550], Kenya K000334228
    Tweedie, R. [25], Kenya K000334229

    First published in Acta Horti Berg. 8: 103 (1925)

    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: 230 (1994).
    • Lawalrée, Dethier & Gilissen in Flore d'Afrique Centrale Compositae: Cichorioideae: 30 (1986).
    • Boulos in Bot. Notis. 127: 410 (1974).
    • C. Jeffrey in Kew Bulletin 18: 480 (1966).
    • R.E. Fr. in Acta Horti Berg. 8: 103 (1924).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.

    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