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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Kenya to S. Africa, Comoros, Madagascar.
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
Shrubs or trees
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate, shortly petiolate or subsessile; blade pinnately veined, entire or toothed, subcoriaceous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Capitulum
Capitula unisexual, disciform, dioecious, in terminal or axillary racemoid or paniculoid thyrses, often ultimately ± clustered or in glomerules; phyllaries in 3 or more series, imbricate, the inner progressively longer than the outer; receptacle ± flat, naked
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Florets
Florets with ± 2-lipped unequally 5-lobed corollas, unisexual Male florets with tubular corolla tube and long lobes; anthers exserted, tailed; style undivided or shortly bifid; ovary abortive, with reduced pappus Female florets with narrower corolla tube, narrow lobes and anthers reduced to free staminodes or absent; style exserted, arms ± oblong-linear, flat
sex Male
Male florets with tubular corolla tube and long lobes; anthers exserted, tailed; style undivided or shortly bifid; ovary abortive, with reduced pappus
sex Female
Female florets with narrower corolla tube, narrow lobes and anthers reduced to free staminodes or absent; style exserted, arms ± oblong-linear, flat
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achenes ± pubescent; pappus of numerous barbellate bristles.

[FZ]

Compositae, G. V. Pope. Flora Zambesiaca 6:1. 1992

Morphology General Habit
Dioecious trees or shrubs.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate, petiolate or subsessile, persistently tomentose or tomentellous on lower surface (in the Flora Zambesiaca area), entire or spinulose-denticulate or repand or coarsely dentate towards the apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Synflorescence
Synflorescences consisting of numerous capitula in terminal or axillary panicles or racemes, or capitula arranged in clusters or glomerules, capitula stalked or sessile.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Capitulum
Female capitula: corollas filiform, lobes 5 short; anthers 0, staminodes occasionally present; style branches exserted, short flat ovate-lanceolate; achenes subcylindric-fusiform, c. 8-ribbed, ± pubescent; pappus copious, consisting of barbellate setae in several series. Male capitula smaller than the female, corollas funnel-shaped, 5-lobed; anther thecae exserted, bases tailed; style terete, thickened above, bifid, exserted; ovary abortive or rudimentary; pappus sparse, 1-seriate, barbellate or subplumose. Capitula unisexual, disciform, several-many-flowered in the Flora Zambesiaca area; receptacle epaleate; phyllaries imbricate, the outermost series often extending onto the capitulum stalk.

Native to:

Angola, Botswana, Cape Provinces, Comoros, Free State, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zimbabwe

Introduced into:

Djibouti

Brachylaena R.Br. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Observ. Compositae: 115 (1817)

Accepted by

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

Literature

Flora Zambesiaca

  • E. Phillips & Schweick. in Bothalia 3: 205 (1937).
  • Hilliard, Compos. Natal: 105–110 (1977).
  • Paiva in Bol. Soc. Brot. sér. 2, 46: 368–384 (1972).
  • Wild in Kirkia 7: 122–125 (1969).
  • in Trans. Linn. Soc.12: 115 (1817).

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • K. Bremer, Asteraceae Clad. & Class.: 97 (1994)
  • Paiva in Bol. Soc. Brot., sér. 2A, 46:368–384 (1972)
  • in Trans. Linn. Soc., Bot. 12: 115 (1817)

Flora Zambesiaca
Flora Zambesiaca
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. 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