Triumfetta sp #3

Triumfetta species from Taita Hills, photo by Michael Plagens

Along side a narrow road above Wundanyi, Taita Hills, Kenya. 28 May 2017.

Yellow flowers 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. The margins are irregularly toothed.

HERB: The species shown here was mostly herbaceous, but slightly woody basally. The newer stems have a thick mat of branched, stellate hairs - magnifier needed to see.

FLOWERS: The flowers are bright yellow with five 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 burr.

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


Tiliaceae -- Linden Family
now included in Malvaceae

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Kenya Natural History

Michael J. Plagens, page created 31 Aug. 2017.