Berkheya spekeana

Berkheya spekeana from Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

In shallow soil on a rocky hill, Turbo, Uasin Gishu, Kenya. Dec. 2015.

  • Armed: The numerous prickles are flexible, but sharp.
  • Disc Flowers: The yellow disc flowers are rather long-tubed and set on a convex receptacle.
  • Range: This plant is reported on shallow soils atop rocky hills in highland areas of Kenya. Animal grazing tends to favor them.
  • Ray Flowers: The many ray flowers are yellow, long and narrow.
  • Phyllaries: The bracts enclosing the flower heads are also densely covered with prickles.
  • Pappus: Several short scales.
  • Leaves: The leaves may be linear or else narrowly divided into pinnate segments. Long slender prickles adorn the margins and serrations.
  • Perennial: The largely herbaceous stems reach about 1½m tall and tend to occur in clusters from a root stock.

Asteraceae -- Sunflower Family -- Carduoideae

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Kenya Natural History

Michael J. Plagens, Created on 30 June 2016