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This species is accepted, and its native range is 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

Morphology General Habit
Subshrub up to 25–40 cm tall, usually moderately branched
Morphology Stem
Young stems greyish green with a dense indumentum of up to c. 0.2–0.6 mm long mostly patent glandular and eglandular hairs and with c. 1 mm long appressed eglandular straight hairs, glandular hairs sometimes lacking
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-blades lanceolate to ovate or obovate, up to 23–32 x 8–12 mm, with a dense indumentum of up to c. 1.5 mm long thin appressed 2-armed hairs and with some thin c. 0.1 mm long spreading eglandular and up to 0.4 mm long usually patent glandular hairs all over, apex apiculate, base attenuate to shortly attenuate; petiole up to c. 3–7 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Flowers single or in inflorescences of 1–3 flowers in leaf-axils on peduncles up to 2–7 mm long; pedicels 1–9 mm long; bracts and bracteoles leaf-like, up to c. 9–19 x 3–6 mm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx with indumentum as leaves but less dense; outer lobes broadly ovate to orbicular with cordate base, up to 13 x 11–12 mm, lower lobe often 2-fid for 0–1.5 mm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla white, up to 25 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 2-seeded, densely pubescent with c. 0.1 mm long patent hairs.
Distribution
N1; S1, S3
Ecology
Altitude range 25–1000 m.
Note
Similar to B. hochstetteri, but with more contracted inflorescences, more rounded leaves, and larger and more rounded, often 2-fid lower calyx-lobes.

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Yemen

Barleria orbicularis Hochst. ex T.Anderson appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Mar 19, 1897 Schimper, W. [2189], Ethiopia K000394485

First published in J. Proc. Linn. Soc., Bot. 7: 29 (1863)

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.
  • 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.
  • Wood, J.R.I. (1997). A handbook of the Yemen Flora: 1-434. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2010). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Acanthaceae (Part 2): 287-756.

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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