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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Kenya (Nyandarua Mountains, Mt. Kenya).


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

    Perennial woody herb or weak-stemmed shrub 75–150(–240) cm high; stems erect or occasionally scrambling, branched, glandular, leafy, viscid, disagreeably aromatic.
    Leaves sessile, oblong-lanceolate to lanceolate, 5–9 cm long, 0.4–2.4 cm wide, base somewhat auriculate and semi-amplexicaul, margins crenate to coarsely sinuate-serrate, bidentate or lobulate, apex obtuse to acute, apiculate, crowded, green, viscid, glandular-hairy, marcescent when old.
    Capitula radiate, erect, ± 6–20 in lax to dense terminal corymbs; stalks of the individual capitula glandular-hairy, viscid; involucre 7.5–11 mm long, 4–7 mm in diameter; bracts of calyculus 1–4, lax, narrow, lanceolate, 2.5–6 mm long, acute, glandular-hairy; phyllaries 8–14, deep dull purple, 7–10 mm long, densely glandular.
    Ray florets 12–14, violet, bright to pale purple or mauve, corolla tube 3.5–4.5 mm long, glabrous, rays 8–14 mm long, 3–4.5 mm wide, 4–5-veined; disc florets purple to dark red, corolla 7–8 mm long, tube expanded from below the middle, glabrous, lobes 1 mm long.
    Achenes 3.2–3.5 mm long, ribbed, shortly sparsely hairy; pappus 7.5–8 mm long.
    Giant heath and Stoebe-Protea zone, rocky moorland, streamsides; (2900–)3200–3600 (–4200) m
    endemic to Nyandarua/Aberdares and Mt Kenya K3 K4



    Other Data

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

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Lawton, R.M. [1663], Kenya K000312090
    Slade, H. [37], Kenya K000312082
    Bally, J. [24in], Kenya K000312085
    Williams, J.G. [75], Kenya K000312092
    Townsend, C.C. [2261], Kenya K000312091
    Beentje, H.J. [3239], Kenya K000312088
    Mabberley, D.J. [365], Kenya K000312089
    Verdcourt, B. [3461], Kenya K000312094
    Verdcourt, B. [3769], Kenya K000312095
    Tweedie [1976], Kenya K000312080
    Hedberg, O. [1884], Kenya K000312076
    Napper, D.M. [1303], Kenya K000312078
    Fries, R.E. [2442] K000311530
    Bernardi, L. [9111], Kenya K000312077
    Allt, G. [96], Kenya K000312087
    Lewis, W.H. [5918], Kenya K000312093
    Le Pelley, S. [], Kenya K000312079
    Watt, L.W. [1137], Kenya K000312083
    Gedye [19], Kenya K000312084
    MacClaughlin [], Kenya K000312086
    Forsberg, F.R. [49879], Kenya K000312096
    van Zinderen Baker, E.M. [931], Kenya K000312081


    First published in Acta Horti Berg. 9: 150 (1928)

    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, t. 94 (1994).
    • Blundell, Wild Flow. E. Afr.: fig. 682 (1987).
    • C. Jeffrey in Kew Bulletin 41: 902 (1986).
    • O. Hedberg, Afroalpine Vascular Plants p. 235 (1957).
    • R.E.Fr. in Acta Hort. Berg. 9: 150 (1928).


    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa

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