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This species is accepted, and its native range is E. & S. Ethiopia to N. Kenya, SW. Arabian Peninsula.
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

Type
S1/Ethiopia, “Bore” at “Ganane” near “Hamari”, Riva 1098 (FT holo.)
Morphology General Habit
Pungent shrub 15–100 cm tall, sparsely to fairly much branched
Morphology Stem
Young stems dull greyish green, densely to very densely pubescent with c. 0.1–0.15(–0.2) mm long ± spreading hairs
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-blades narrowly ovate, entire or irregularly ciliate-dentate, up to 8–15 x 5–9 mm, ± densely pubescent with antrorse to spreading up to 0.1–0.7(–1) mm long hairs all over, apex mucronate with up to 1–3 mm long spine, edge with about 2 pairs of pointed teeth or more numerous bristle-like teeth, base attenuate to shortly attenuate; petiole up to 2–5 mm long; leaves on axillary shoots pungent with very reduced blade, up to 20 x 13 mm including up to 14 mm long apical spine and up to 2 pairs of up to 7 mm long lateral spines
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Flowers in dense, scorpioid cymes in leaf-axils; bracts leaf-like; bracteoles with reduced blade, unequal, up to 30 x 18 mm including up to 16 mm long apical spine and 2–3 pairs of lateral spines
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx scarious; upper lobe pointed, up to 20–30 x 10–15 mm including up to 3–6 mm long apical spine and about 4 pairs of lateral spines; lower lobe obtuse, up to 20 x 15 mm, unarmed
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla white, yellow or pale mauve-blue, c. 35–64 mm long incuding cylindrical tube of c. 30–42 mm, widened and funnel-like in upper part
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 4-seeded with short beak, up to at least 15 mm long, glabrous.
Distribution
N1–3; C2; S1; Ethiopia, Kenya, tropical Arabia
Ecology
Altitude range 100–1650 m.
Note
Plants from northern Somalia have a very dense indumentum of c. 0.1 mm long hairs on leaves and bracts, and upper calyx-lobes up to 30 x 15 mm. Similar forms also occur in eastern Ethiopia. Collections from central Somalia have a less dense indumentum of up to c. 0.7 mm long hairs on leaves and bracts, and upper calyx-lobes up to c. 21 x 12 mm. Similar forms are also known from northern Kenya.

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Yemen

Barleria mucronifolia Lindau appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Feb 27, 1897 Cole, E. [s.n.], Somalia Barleria homoiotricha K000394489 Unknown type material

First published in Annuario Reale Ist. Bot. Roma 6: 71 (1896)

Accepted by

  • 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.
  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (2006). Flora of Somalia 3: 1-626. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Wood, J.R.I. (1997). A handbook of the Yemen Flora: 1-434. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

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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