Maerua macrantha Gilg

First published in Annuario Reale Ist. Bot. Roma 6: 95 (1896)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is E. Ethiopia to Tanzania. It is a scrambling shrub and grows primarily in the seasonally dry tropical biome.

Descriptions

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

Morphology General Habit
Scandent or straggling shrub, up to 3 m tall; stems and leaves glabrous or rough by short stiff hairs
Morphology Leaves
Leaves simple; blade thick, ovate to broadly elliptic, 20–60 x 14–43 mm, obtuse, midrib and 2 pairs of basal lateral nerves ± raised beneath; petiole up to 6(–12) mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Flowers few in short corymbose racemes; pedicels 5–22 mm in fruit
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Receptacle
Receptacle cylindrical, 6–13 mm long, widening upwards
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals 12–24 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 3–10 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens c. 25–40; anthers 3–4.5 mm long; androgynophore exceeding receptacle by 3–5 mm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary cylindrical, 4–5 mm long; gynophore 14–22 mm long, straight
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruits cylindrical, c. 3–5.5 x 1–1.5 cm, very torulose, glabrous or rough-puberulous, the seeds in 2–4 often interrupted rows.
Distribution
N2, 3; E Ethiopia, Kenya
Ecology
Altitude range 30–1000 m.
[FSOM]

Sources

  • Flora of Somalia

    • Flora of Somalia
    • http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0
  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

    • Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2023. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2022 World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2023. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2022 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0