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This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia to Kenya.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FSOM]

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

Morphology General Habit
Pungent subshrub up to 20–40 cm tall, sparsely branched
Morphology Stem
Stems almost glabrous except for some up to c. 1 mm long hairs at nodes
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-blades narrowly oblanceolate with distinct pale veins, up to 40–80 x 6–10 mm, almost glabrous or with a sparse indumentum of 1–1.2 mm long antrorse to appressed hairs, especially along veins and margins and when young, apex mucronate with weak spine up to 1.5–2 mm long, base attenuate; petiole indistinct, up to c. 10 mm long
Morphology General Spines
Axillary spines 4 in each leaf-axil, up to 15–20 mm long, on up to c. 8–15 mm long common stalk
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence of contracted upper nodes with single flowers, lower ones often together with axillary spines; bracts leaf-like; bracteoles lanceolate, greenish-white with distinct veins, up to 20–28 x 4–5 mm, tapering into c. 5 mm long spine, almost glabrous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx-lobes similar to bracteoles, the outer equal, up to 21–27 x 5 mm, the inner up to 8–14.5 x 1.5–2 mm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla white to cream yellow, up to c. 30–33 mm long, 1 lobe united for c. 15–25 mm and 4 lobes for 25 mm into a narrow tube
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 2-seeded, tapering into a long beak, up to14 mm long, glabrous.
Distribution
C2; S1; Ethiopia, Kenya
Ecology
Altitude range 150–350 m.

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Sudan, Uganda

Barleria linearifolia Rendle appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Dandy, J.E. [322], Sudan Barleria tetraglochin K000394470 Unknown type material

First published in J. Bot. 34: 397 (1896)

Accepted by

  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2010). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Acanthaceae (Part 2): 287-756.
  • Govaerts, R. (1996). World Checklist of Seed Plants 2(1, 2): 1-492. MIM, Deurne.
  • Hedberg, I., Kelbessa, E., Edwards, S., Demissew, S. & Persson, E. (eds.) (2006). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 5: 1-690. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (2006). Flora of Somalia 3: 1-626. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, (2000) Author: by M. Hedrén [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

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
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