Vernonia colorata ?

possible Vernonia species, asteraceae, with ridged stems and rusty pubescence on the foliage, South Nandi Forest near Kaptumo, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed along the forest edge, South Nandi Forest, Kenya. April 2013.

  • Disc Flowers: The disc flowers are many and long tubular. The color mostly white diffused with light purple.
  • Ray Flowers: No ray flowers, however, the bracts are colored and can look like rays.
  • Phyllaries: Several series of phyllaries with the top most rows attenuate into ray-like and paler colored tips.
  • Pappus: numerous fine, white bristles plus a low crown of scales atop seeds
  • Leaves: The leaves are elyptic to lance-shaped and toothed on the margins. Fairly hirsute below.
  • Shubby: Plants had several stems reach about one and a half meters tall.

A colorful scarab beetle was found among the flowers where it was feeding on petals and pollen:

Green Flower Chafer

Green Flower Chafer

Asteraceae -- Sunflower Family -- Vernonieae

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Vernonia sp. photo © Michael Plagens

Kenya Natural History

Michael J. Plagens, Created on 31 October 2013