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Vernonia ?

possible Veronia species, asteraceae, with purplish phyllaries and much pubescence on the inflorescence, Eldoret, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed in a fence row dividing a grazing pasture near Eldoret, Kenya. December 2012.

close view of flower heads (capsila) of Veronia species, Eldoret, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens
  • Disc Flowers: The disc flowers are lavender and five-lobed.
  • Ray Flowers: No ray flowers.
  • Phyllaries: Densely long pubescent and infused with lavender-purple pigmentation.
  • Pappus: numerous fine bristles atop seeds
  • Leaves: The leaves are elyptic and shallowly toothed on the margins.

Asteraceae -- Sunflower Family -- Gnaphalieae

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Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 30 June 2013