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This species is accepted, and its native range is E. & S. Ethiopia to S. Somalia.

[FSOM]

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

Morphology General Habit
Shrub up to 1.5 m tall, fairly much branched; young stems sparsely pubescent with c. 0.2–0.3 mm long appressed to spreading hairs, somewhat longer at nodes
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-blades ovate, up to 45–52 x 30–42 mm, provided with some dark glands on lower surface towards the base, sparsely to fairly densely pubescent with up to 0.8 mm long antrorse to appressed hairs, apex mucronate with spine up to c. 1–2 mm long, base shortly attenuate; petiole up to 11–15 mm long
Morphology General Spines
Axillary spines 4 in each leaf-axil, up to 21–27 mm long, on up to c. 2 mm long common stalk
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Flowers in apical spike-like units composed of strongly contracted upper nodes with axillary single flowers; bracts leaf-like, up to 30–32 x 15–17 mm, gradually becoming smaller narrower and more long-mucronate towards top of inflorescence, with dark glands on lower surface towards base, mucronate with apical spine up to c. 4 mm long; bracteoles whitish green with almost no blade, transformed into spines, up to 19–20 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx green with a dense indumentum of 0.3–0.5 mm long appressed hairs; outer lobes equal, ovate-apiculate, up to 12 x 4 mm, including apical tooth of c. 2 mm; inner lobes lanceolate-apiculate, c. 10 x 2.5 mm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla brick red, up to 35–40 mm long, 1 lobe united for c. 10–15 mm and 4 lobes for 24–27 mm into a narrow tube
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 4, 2 longer ones c. 20 mm long, 2 shorter ones c. 2.6 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 2-seeded, tapering into a beak, glabrous (no quite ripe one seen).
Distribution
S1; Eastern Ethiopia
Ecology
Altitude range 150–200 m.

Native to:

Ethiopia, Somalia

Barleria smithii Rendle appears in other Kew resources:

First published in J. Bot. 34: 396 (1896)

Accepted by

  • 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.

Not accepted by

  • 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. [Cited as Barleria pseudoprionitis.]

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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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