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Dwarf Marigold /
False Threadleaf

Schkuhria pinnata

a marigold like composite, Schkuhria pinnata, Kenya, photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed in a garden area at Eldoret, Kenya. December 2012.

small heads of tubular flowers are yellow-orange with resin coating the phyllaries, photo © Michael Plagens This weedy composite was observed in several garden/small farm settings in and around Eldoret. Herbaceous plants less than 1 meter tall. The flower heads are small and widely dispersed on many-branched inflorescence. The leaves are finely divided in a pinnate arangement. Heads have no ray flowers.

  • Disc Flowers: The disc flowers, numbering up to 10, are slender.
  • Ray Flowers: No ray flowers or sometimes just one or two.
  • The flower heads are small, about 4mm diameter, and each has 12 to 20 florets.
  • Phyllaries: One series of resinous bracts closely envelope the florets.
  • Pappus: The seeds are topped by some short, papery scales.
  • Leaves: The leaves are linear or divided into fine, linear segments.

Asteraceae -- Sunflower Family -- Senecioneae

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Copyright Michael J. Plagens, Created on 6 June 2013