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This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Ethiopia to N. Somalia, Socotra.

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Type
N2, “Pays des Somali, en face d’Aden, 1500–2000 m., montagnes”, Hildebrandt s.n. (P holo., fragment); “Ahlgebirge, 1500–2000 m.”, Hildebrandt 891 (BM, BR, K, almost certainly isotypes of the fragment at P).
Morphology General Habit
Shrub or small tree to 6 m tall, sometimes (outside Flora area) forming a sizeable tree to 9 m, with trunks up to 15 cm in diam.
Morphology General Bark
Bark grey, with longitudinal fissures
Morphology Leaves
Leaves obovate, oblanceolate or elliptic, dark grey-green, 2–5 x 0.5–2.5 cm, rounded or emarginate at apex, rarely apiculate, cuneate at base, leathery, with indistinct venation
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences axillary or terminal, subsessile or short-stalked, consisting of cymes of a terminal female flower surrounded by two male ones
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Male flowers with 4 stamens, filaments c. 3 mm long, rudimentary ovary present
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule ovoid, 1–1.5 x c. 0.7 cm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds ellipsoid, dark brown, shining, 5–7 mm long.
Distribution
N1–3; C1 (one isolated locality in central Somalia, on a hillside towards the sea near “Obbia”); E Ethiopia, Djibouti, Socotra
Ecology
Altitude range (300–)600–2000 m.
Vernacular
Dhosoq (Somali).
Note
The plant is not grazed by animals.

[FSOM]
Use
The wood is fairly hard and is used for making spoons and other small wood utensils, such as bowls and combs; larger pieces of wood are used for roof structures.

Native to:

Djibouti, Ethiopia, Socotra, Somalia

Buxus hildebrandtii Baill. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1965 Hildebrandt, J.M. [891], Somalia K000362601
Jan 1, 1965 Hildebrandt, J.M. [1547], Somalia K000362602

First published in Adansonia 11: 268 (1875)

Accepted by

  • Audru, J., Cesar, J. & Lebrun, J.-P. (1994). Les Plantes Vasculaires de la République de Djibouti. Flore Illustrée 1: 1-336. CIRAD, Départerment d'Elevage et de Médecine vétérinaire, Djibouti.
  • Govaerts, R. (1996). World Checklist of Seed Plants 2(1, 2): 1-492. MIM, Deurne.
  • Hedberg, I. & Edwards, S. (eds.) (1989 publ. 1990). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 3: 1-659. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
  • Thulin, M. (ed.) in Thulin, M. (ed.) (1999). Flora of Somalia 2: 1-303. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Audru, J., Cesar, J. & Lebrun, J.-P. (1994). Les Plantes Vasculaires de la République de Djibouti. Flore Illustrée 1: 1-336. CIRAD, Départerment d'Elevage et de Médecine vétérinaire, Djibouti.

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 2, (1999) Author: by I. Friis [updated by M. Thulin 2008]
  • Pickering, H. & Awale, A. I. (2018). Introduction to plants in Central Somaliland. Ponte Invisibile, Redsea Cultural Foundation.

Flora of Somalia
Flora of Somalia
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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