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Composite # 4

Conyza aegyptica ?

inflorescence with numerous heads at top of plant, asteraceae, Eldoret, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

The heads are small with 10 to 20 disc flowers and inconspicuous rays. Phylaries are in a singe series and they are pubescent. Eldoret, Kenya. January 2012.

close-up of flower heads of this composite photo © Michael Plagens

This composite was found growing in pastures where cattle are grazed and thus is apparently not palatable forage. Height is about 1 to 1½ m tall with several branching stems. Primarily herbaceous, but probably long lived.

  • Ray Flowers: The ray flowers are very short and papery thin.
  • Disc Flowers: 10 to 20 with cream to yellowish disc flowers.
  • Phyllaries: Single series with conspicuous pubescence
  • Pappus: Capillary bristles
  • Leaves: Elyptic to deltoid leaves with shallow indentations.
leaf and lateral budding of Composite #4, Eldoret, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Asteraceae -- Sunflower Family

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Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 23 July 2012,
updated 27 October 2012