9593.000 Launaea Cass.

Description of the genus

Annual, biennial or perennial herbs, sometimes acaulescent. Leaves (in ours) in basal rosettes, usually appearing after the flowers. Receptacle without scales. Phyllaries 2-several-seriate, becoming swollen and corky towards base; innermost ± equal, usually greatly exceeding the outer. Florets yellow, the ligule often purplish or red outside. Achenes (in ours) truncate at apex, without a beak and also without ascending hairs or ascending rough projections on the ribs or margins above. Pappus many-seriate.

Derivation of name: named after J Mordant de Launay (1750-1816), French author and editor of horticultural works and librarian at the Museum d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris.

Worldwide: 30 species extending from the Canary Is to South Africa, East Asia and the West Indies

Zambia: 5 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
cornuta (Hochst. ex Oliv. & Hiern) C. JeffreyN,C,E,SLkDescription, Image
nana (Baker) Chiov.W,C,SCb,Lk,SDescription, Image
rarifolia (Oliv. & Hiern) Boulos var. rarifolia B,N,W,C,E,SCb,N,E,Lk,S,WDescription, Image
rarifolia (Oliv. & Hiern) Boulos var. nanella (R.E. Fr.) G.V. PopeNw,LpDescription
rogersii (Humbert) Humbert & BoulosW,CNw,Cb,C

Other sources of information about Launaea:

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Flora of Botswana: Launaea
Flora of Malawi: Launaea
Flora of Mozambique: Launaea
Flora of Zimbabwe: Launaea

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Launaea
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Launaea
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Launaea
Wikipedia: Launaea
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Launaea
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Launaea

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Launaea.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1577, retrieved 4 February 2023

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