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This genus is accepted, and its native range is S. Spain, Cape Verde to India and Kenya , Angola to Cape Prov.
Forsskaolea tenacissima

[FSOM]

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

Morphology General Habit
Monoecious annual or perennial herbs, sometimes woody at the base, often covered with hispid hairs; cystoliths dot-like
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate, petiolate, variously serrate; blade often white tomentose beneath and ± scabrous above; stipules lateral, free
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences bisexual, sessile in the leaf axils, enclosed in a campanulate involucre of bracts and almost covered by a dense, long, woolly indumentum; bracts spathulate, lanceolate, ovate or obovate, free or fused at the base
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Male flowers pedicellate, mostly near edge of campanulate inflorescence; perianth irregularly 3-lobed; stamen 1, inflexed; rudimentary ovary absent Female flowers few at centre of inflorescence; perianth and staminodes absent; ovary erect; stigma sessile, filiform; staminodes absent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achene ovate, ± compressed, completely covered by woolly indumentum.
Distribution
Around six to seven species, occurring in the drier parts of Africa, on the Macaronesian Islands, in Spain and extending to Pakistan and north-western India.

[FTEA]

Urticaceae, I. Friis University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1989

Morphology General Habit
Annual or perennial herbs or shrublets, monoecious, often covered with hispid hairs
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate, petiolate, variously serrate; cystoliths dot-like, prominent; stipules lateral, free
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences bisexual, rarely unisexual (♀), sessile in leaf-axils, enclosed in a campanulate involucre of bracts; bracts almost completely covered by long dense woolly indumentum (but hairs at base of bracts long and stiff), lanceolate, ovate or obovate, free or fused at base Male flowers pedicellate, mostly near edge of inflorescence; perianth irregularly 3-lobed; stamen 1, inflexed, later reflexing; rudimentary ovary absent Female flowers few at centre of inflorescence, without perianth; ovary erect; stigma sessile and filiform
sex Male
Male flowers pedicellate, mostly near edge of inflorescence; perianth irregularly 3-lobed; stamen 1, inflexed, later reflexing; rudimentary ovary absent
sex Female
Female flowers few at centre of inflorescence, without perianth; ovary erect; stigma sessile and filiform
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achene ovate, covered by woolly indumentum.

Native to:

Afghanistan, Algeria, Angola, Canary Is., Cape Provinces, Cape Verde, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gulf States, India, Iran, Kenya, Lebanon-Syria, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Namibia, Niger, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Sinai, Socotra, Somalia, Spain, Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Western Sahara, Yemen

Introduced into:

Comoros

Forsskaolea L. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Opobalsamum: 17 (1764)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2001). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS E-F: 1-50919.

Literature

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 2, (1999) Author: by I. Friis [updated by M. Thulin 2008]
  • Friis & Wilmot-Dear in Nord. J. Bot. 8: 25–59 (1988).

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Diss. Opobals. Decl: 17 (1764)
  • Engl. in E. & P. Pf. 3(1): 117 (1888)
  • Friis & Wilmot-Dear in Nordic Journ. Bot. 8: 34 (1988)
  • G.F.P. 2: 194 (1967)
  • G.P. 3: 393 (1880)

Flora of Somalia
Flora of Somalia
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0