Aspilia pluriseta (?)

inflorescence of herbaceous asteraceae, Aspilia sp. from Turbo, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Low growing sunflower-like composite from a rocky hill near Turbo, Kenya. Dec. 2015.

Relatively small sunflowers with short, stiff leaves. Some Aspilia are reported to contain toxic and or medicinally active compounds.

  • Ray Flowers: The ray flowers are yellow and showy. The tips are conspicuously toothed.
  • Disc Flowers: The disc flowers are brownish-yellow.
  • Phyllaries: Several broad, subequal phyllaries enclose the the head florets.
  • Pappus: not evident.
  • Leaves: The simple, small leaves are eliptical with a sandy texture due to stiff pubescence. The margins are nearly smooth.

Asteraceae -- Sunflower Family

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 21 July 2016