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This species is accepted, and its native range is N. Somalia, SE. Kenya to E. Tanzania.
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
Suffrutescent perennial, 0.6–1 m tall, much-branched with opposite leaves and branches, young branches whitish-tomentose, older branches glabrescent, terete, striate
Morphology Leaves
Leaves subrotund to broadly ovate or ± reniform, c. 0.9–2.5 x 1.1–3.5 cm, ± densely furnished with ± appressed whitish hairs, densest on the principal venation of the lower surface, obtuse to apiculate, truncate to subcordate at the base, distinctly if shortly petiolate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Partial inflorescences with 3–5 fertile flowers Inflorescences to c. 14 cm long, axis whitish- or greyish-tomentose
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Tepal
Tepals narrowly oblong-lanceolate, 8–10.5 mm, densely furnished dorsally with lanuginose greyish-white hairs, 3-nerved, the inner slightly shorter
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments filiform throughout, abruptly expanded only at the point of insertion
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style 3–4 mm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule ovoid, 3–3.5 mm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Sterile flowers with glabrous, stramineous to reddish-brown bristles c. 10–12 mm long.
Ecology
Altitude range 850 m. N3; Kenya, Tanzania
Note
Although considerably disjunct from the main area of the species, it does not seem possible to separate the Somali plant from that found in Kenya and Tanzania. The large perianth, filiform filaments and glabrous bristles of the fruiting partial inflorescences in combination are quite diagnostic, and no character has been found to give even infraspecific status.

[FTEA]

Amaranthaceae, C.C. Townsend. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1985

Morphology General Habit
Perennial suffrutescent herb, ± 0.6–1 m. tall, with numerous simple or usually branched stems from about the base; cortex of older parts light brown to greyish; young branches terete, whitish-tomentose, the tomentum becoming less dense and yellowish with age.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves subrotund to ± reniform, the main stem leaves commonly broader than long (smaller leaves about as broad as long), lamina 0 .9–2.5 × 1.1–3.5 cm. in length and breadth, ± densely appressed tomentose, the lower surface whiter especially along the principal veins and midrib, obtuse to apiculate at the apex, shortly (3–7 cm.) petiolate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts deltoid-lanceolate, 4–8 mm., membranous with green vitta, distinctly excurrent in a brownish awn, densely tomentose.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracteoles
Bracteoles of ultimate triads similar to the bracts or somewhat narrower; bracteoles of sterile flowers narrowly lanceolate, 6–9 mm., more longly aristate, much less pilose especially about the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Tepal
Tepals 5, narrowly lanceolate, the outer not infrequently somewhat falcate at the tip, 8–10.5 mm., narrowly hyaline-margined in the basal half, with 3 prominent green to brownish nerves, midrib excurrent in a sharp brownish arista, dorsal surface of nerves densely long-pilose with almost smooth hairs; inner tepals gradually somewhat shorter and narrower.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 3–6 mm., filaments filiform throughout, free almost or quite to the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style 3–4 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Sterile flowers of 2–3 lanceolate-subulate bracteoliform processes and numerous unequal, smooth, slender, spiny bristles.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Partial inflorescences in fruit probably falling entire as a blackish-brown bristly ball ± 2.5–3 cm. in diameter. Inflorescence cylindrical, 6–14 × 2.5–3.5 cm., rather dense or the partial inflorescences becoming remote below, on a 1–2.5 cm. peduncle. Partial inflorescences dense, sessile.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule ovoid, 3–3.5 mm., smooth, greenish brown.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed 2–2.5 mm., brown, shining; testa feebly reticulate.
Figures
Fig. 17.
Habitat
Open grassland and Acacia bushland; 900–1520 m.
Distribution
K7 T2 T3 not known elsewhere

Native to:

Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania

Dasysphaera tomentosa Volkens ex Lopr. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 13, 1978 Gilbert, V.C. [79], Kenya K000238664
Jan 13, 1978 Napier, E.R. [951], Kenya K000238663
Jan 13, 1978 Greenway [4467], Tanzania K000238666
Jan 13, 1978 Ibrahim, M. [635], Tanzania K000238668
Jan 13, 1978 Mahinde, S. [234], Tanzania K000238667
Vollesen, K.B. [33], Tanzania K000238665

First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 27: 53 (1894)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2000). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS D: 1-30141.
  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (1993). Flora of Somalia 1: 1-493. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Townsend, C.C. (1985). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Amaranthaceae: 1-136.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (1993). Flora of Somalia 1: 1-493. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 1, (1993) Author: by C. C. Townsend [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Lopr. in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 27: 53 (1899).
  • Schinz in Viert. Nat. Ges. Zürich 56: 254 (1911).

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