Orange Ragwort

Crassocephalum vitellinum ?

Crassocephalum vitellinum composite with orange flowers, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed in a border area of Kakamega Forest, Kenya. December 2014.

This weedy composite was observed in sunny forest edge at Kakamega, a lowland rainforest.

  • Disc Flowers: The numerous disc flowers are tall and slender with bright orange tubes.
  • Ray Flowers: No ray flowers.
  • Phyllaries: One series of bracts closely envelopes the florets and developing seeds. Several shorter, aristate bracts. These bracts as well as the peduncles are clothed in soft hairs.
  • Pappus: The seeds are topped by long silky hairs.
  • Leaves: The leaves are simple or sometimes with a pair or two of lobes. The margins are variously toothed.

Asteraceae -- Sunflower Family -- Senecioneae

Other Crassocephalum spp.

a pink-flowered ragwort, Senecioneae, photo © Michael Plagens

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 24 July 2015