Odorus Ragwort

Kleinia odora

Kleinia odora, a succulent composite from Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed at Olorgasailie off Magadi Road, Kenya. December 2014.

The numerous stems are green and succulent, without leaves, and about the diameter of a thick pencil. A few small leaves at growing tips are quickly shed. Flower heads are borne in umbellate clusters. The florets are all disc florets and are yellow-cream in color. The resulting seeds are topped with numerous long pale tan awns.

  • Disc Flowers: The numerous disc flowers are tall and slender with yellow tubes.
  • Ray Flowers: No ray flowers.
  • Phyllaries: One series of bracts closely envelopes the florets and developing seeds. Several shorter, aristate bracts.
  • Pappus: The seeds are topped by very long silky plumes.
  • Leaves: The leaves are mostly absent. The bare stems are green and have striations.
a succulent, malodorus, Senecioneae, photo © Michael Plagens

Asteraceae -- Sunflower Family -- Senecioneae

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 30 Sept. 2015