Vernonia sp.

flower heads and foliage of a Vernonia species from Eldoret, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed growing in the border area of a cornfield. Eldoret, Kenya. January 2014.

Most composites are easy to identify to family level. Beyond that it becomes difficult primarily because the Asteraceae is such a large group of species. Currently there are more than 23,000 described species. Ideally, good images of the stems, leaves, inflorescence, lateral and top-down views of the heads, the achenes including the pappus, and the receptacle would, together, improve my chances at arriving at a confident species identification. The plant shown here was shrubby and leafy, about 1.5m tall, with abundant, small flowering heads clustered at the branch termini.

Asteraceae -- Sunflower Family

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 30 June 2014