Shrubby madder with very long tubular white flowers in Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Shrub, about a meter tall. Leaves whorled. White flowers with v. long tubes.

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Egyptian Starcluster

wild version of, Egyptian Starcluster, Pentas lanceolata, Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Now widespread around world as an ornamental. Kenya native herb with five-parted, long tubular flowers. Color is white, pink or red.

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Otiophora in Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Shrubby plant of grassland savananna about a meter tall with headlike clusters of long tubed blue flowers.

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Flame of the Woods

ornamental rubiaceae, Ixora coccinea, Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Understory shrub with opposite, dark green, elliptical leaves. Four petals on a long tube. Common, introduced ornamental.

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Mexican Clover

Richardia or Mexican Clover in a closely grazed pasture in Eldoret Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Mat forming plant with elliptic, opposite leaves. Small, white, five-petaled flowers in dense terminal clusters. Non-native.

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Oldenlandia sp. in Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Low-growing herbaceous plant with small, whitish, 4-petaled flowers. Opposite, grass- like leaves.

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False Buttonweed

Spermacoce, Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Herbaceous plant with small white flowers. Opposite linear leaves.

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Kohautia in Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

This slender, delicate forb was found on over-grazed land in the vicinity of Voi. I am not certain my identification is correct.

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Common Madder

Common Madder, Rubia cordifolia, Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

A slender vine-plant with minute, recurved hooks along the angular stem. Peculiar leaves are whorled, on long petioles and heart-shaped.

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Vanguera madagascariensis of Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Large, multi-stemmed shrub or small tree with opposite, dark green, simple, entire leaves. Fruit is spherical and orange-red.

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Crystal Bark

Crossopteryx, Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Small tree with opposite, simple leaves and large umbellate clusters of many white flowers.

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Tricalysia in Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Small tree or large shrub with pubescent, opposite leaves and clumbs or red berries. Many similar species.

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Catunaregam, Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Photo of vegetative structures only; identification is tentative.

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Pauridiantha in Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

Small under-story tree in moist montane forest. Simple, opposite leaves with smooth margins. Fruit a berry with many seeds.

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Rubiaceae, Lasianthus, Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

In the understory of forests there are many woody plants in the madder family. Dark green, opposite leaves.

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Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 2 September 2013
updated 23 Oct. 2017.

By no means am I an expert on the Natural History of Kenya. I am a novice exploring this part of the World. By creating a page for the species as I encounter them I am teaching myself. If the reader finds an error, please let me know so that I can make corrections (use copyright link).