Triumfetta sp #2

Triumfetta species from South Nandi, photo by Michael Plagens

Along side a muddy road through South Nandi Forest, Kenya. April 2013.

What, I believe, is a second species of this same genus, Triumfetta:

Triumfetta from Eldoret, Kenya, photo © Michael Plagens

leaf detail of a Triumfetta sp., photo © Michael Plagens

LEAVES: The leaf texture is conspicuously reticulated between the veins. As with many Tiliaceae there are three main veins and in this case many of the leaves have three lobes. The margins are irregularly toothed.

HERB: The species shown here was slightly shrubby, especially the basal portions. The newer stems have a thick mat of branched, stellate hairs - magnifier needed to see.

FLOWERS: The flowers are dark burgandy with five short petals and numerous stamens; these are arranged into a vertical cluster around the pistil.

RANGE: There are many Triumfetta species and no doubt their range is increased by movement of the seeds in the bur.

FRUIT: A small red to brownish sphere covered with numerous, short projections; within are several seeds.

UNARMED: Small hooks at ends of small projections on fruit.

cluster of small flowers of a Triumfetta sp., photo © Michael Plagens

Tiliaceae -- Linden Family
now included in Malvaceae

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

Michael J. Plagens, page created 2 November 2013.