Vernonia ?

possible Veronia species, asteraceae, with ridged stems and rusty pubescence on the foliage, Eldoret, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

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

view of leaf and stem of Veronia species, Eldoret, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens
  • Disc Flowers: The disc flowers are numerous. The color might be lavender but none were open at the time of these photographs.
  • Ray Flowers: No ray flowers.
  • Phyllaries: Several series of recurved phyllaries are stiff and protective of the enclosed florets.
  • Pappus: numerous fine, white bristles atop seeds
  • Leaves: The leaves are lanceolate and toothed on the margins.
  • Shubby: Pushing two meters tall. The younger stems have fleshy, lengthwise ridges. Pubescence on the leaves and young stems is rusty, but also seems to catch fine, wind-blown dust and soil.

Asteraceae -- Sunflower Family -- Vernonieae

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Vernonia sp. photo © Michael Plagens

Kenya Natural History

Michael J. Plagens, Created on 2 July 2013