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Composite # 10

Vernonia sp.

Unknown asteraceae with numerous lavender disc florets, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed not far from a tended garden at Iten, Kenya. January 2012.

leaf detail of unknown asteraceae with numerous lavender disc florets, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens I am guessing that this composite belongs to the tribe Eupatorieae. Plants had woody stems reaching two meters in height and were growing at the edge of a wooded area. Elevation about 2000 m

  • Disc Flowers: The disc flowers are a shade of lavender-purple. The numerous heads are arrayed in flat-topped groups. The disc flowers have long tubes and five lobes.
  • Ray Flowers: No ray flowers.
  • Phyllaries: The severl dozen florets are subtended by two rows of bracts.
  • Pappus:
  • Leaves: The alternate leaves are broadly elyptic with wavy margins and the leaf underside is whitish. Some shallow serrations also.

Asteraceae -- Sunflower Family -- Eupatorieae

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