Eremothamneae

Erect branching shrubs without latex; leaves alternate; heads radiate or discoid, small (5 florets in Hoplophyllum) or medium (12–20 rays and 25–30 disk florets in Eremothamnus); involucre cylindric to campan- ulate, bracts multiseriate, gradate, distally papyraceous and usually with apical spine; receptacle naked, surface unknown; corollas yellow; ray corollas when present, strap-shaped with three short teeth; disc corollas with five linear lobes of equal size; anther apical appendage oblong, apiculate or broadly elongate, thecae with spurs (calcarate) and tails (caudate); pollen spinulose with larger spines in intercolpi and smaller crowded spines around poles; styles slender, elongated, branches narrow, upper portion of style shaft and outer surfaces of branches cov- ered with elongate sweeping hairs formed by two or three cells separated by longitudinal walls, at maturity style branches not recurved; achenes densely sericeous; pappus of many stout scabrid-barbellate capillary bristles in 2–3 series, somewhat gradate in length.

Diagnostic Features

Slender style branches bearing relatively long sweeping hairs divided longitudinally into two or three cells; pollen spinulose with larger spines in intercolpi and smaller crowded spines around poles; and involucral bracts multiseriate, gradate, distally papyra- ceous and usually with apical spine.

Geographic distribution

Western South Africa and southern Namibia.