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Giant Groundsel



They have a giant rosette habit, with a terminal leaf rosette at the apex of a stout woody stem. When they flower the flowers form a large terminal inflorescence. Concomitantly 2 to 4 lateral branches are normally initiated. Consequently old plants have the appearance of candelabras the size of telegraph poles, each branch with a terminal rosette.


Giant groundsels, are endemic to the higher altitude zones of ten mountain groups in equatorial East Africa, where they form a conspicuous element of the flora.


I spotted a lot of giant groundsel on my 5 day trek to the summit of Mount Elgon. They are very slow growing. Their thick dead leaves stay on the plant for a long time protecting it from the harsh conditions where it is found at over 3000m.

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Dan Doucette
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Dan Doucette

Budadiri, Uganda

Spotted on Dec 16, 2008
Submitted on May 16, 2011

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