Brachythrix Wild & G.V. Pope

Pope, G.V. (1992) Compositae Flora Zambesiaca 6(1)

Wild, H. & Pope, G.V. (1978) Brachythrix: a new genus of the tribe Vernonieae (Compositae) from South Central Africa. Kirkia 11(1) 25-30

Description of the genus

Perennial herbs with annual stems from small woody rootstocks; rootcrowns with or without lanate tufts; roots numerous, thong-like and usually swelling to form root-tubers. Stems erect usually branching above, leafy, sometimes scapiform. Leaves alternate, sessile or subsessile, bases cuneate less often auriculate; upper surface ± scabrous, sparsely pubescent or glabrescent, the hairs scattered flagelliform often becoming somewhat rigid; lower surface pubescent or felted, sometimes finely pilose especially on the nerves, or glabrescent, glandular-punctate. Capitula solitary or few-many in lax corymbiform cymes, or aggregated in ± dense 3-many-capitulate clusters. Involucres campanulate to broadly cup-shaped, occasionally subglobose or narrowly ovoid. Phyllaries imbricate, several-seriate. Receptacle ± flat. Corollas purple, narrowly funnel-shaped, regularly deeply 5-lobed; lobes apically setulose or glabrous. Fruit achenes narrowly oblong-obovoid, 4–5-angular with narrow ribs on the angles, truncate to slightly rounded at the apex. Pappus 2-seriate.

Worldwide: 6 species in east tropical Africa.

Malawi: 4 taxa.

Brachythrix pawekiae

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
glomerata (Mattf.) C. JeffreyN,C,S
malawiensis (Wild &G.V. Pope) G.V. Pope[End]NDescription
pawekiae Wild & G.V. Pope[End]NDescription, Image
sonchoides Wild & G.V.Pope [NrEnd]N

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Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Brachythrix., retrieved 23 March 2023

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