Gymnosporia punctata (Sebsebe) Jordaan

First published in Taxon 55: 522 (2006)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is N. & NE. Somalia. It is a shrub and grows primarily in the desert or dry shrubland biome.

Descriptions

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

Type
N2, “NE. Warsangeli”, Bally 11003 (K holo.)
Morphology General Habit
Shrub up to 2 m high, armed with spines up to 2.5 cm long
Morphology Branches
Branches dark brown to grey, lined, without or with pale lenticels, pubescent to puberulous at least in young parts
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate; petiole 1.5–6 mm long, grey, pubescent to glabrous; blade pale green to glaucous on both sides, 0.8–3 x 0.5–2 cm, elliptic to oblanceolate or obovate, acute to obtuse or rarely emarginate at the apex, cuneate at the base, nerves and reticulation varying in prominence on both surfaces, usually punctate, margin entire to slightly crenate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes 10–35 mm long, slender, monochasial to subdichasial, solitary or rarely clustered, axillary, pubescent; peduncle 2–25 mm long; pedicel 1.5–4 mm long, articulated at the base; flowers solitary or 2–7 in each cyme, 2.8–4 mm wide, bisexual
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals 5, whitish yellow, 0.5 x 0.75 mm, ovate, puberulous, with entire to serrulate margin
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 5, yellowish, 1.8 x 1.3 mm, elliptic, glabrous, with entire to toothed margin
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 5, c.1.3 mm long, filaments c. 1 mm long, slender, inserted at the base of the disk; disk c. 1.5 mm in diam., convex, 5-lobed; pistil with style shorter than the ovary, 2–3-branched; ovary 2–3-celled, globose to subconical, c. 1/4 immersed in the disk
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule dark red, 2–3-angled, 5–8 mm long, leathery, smooth to wrinkled, glabrous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 1–3, reticulate, brown, glossy, c. 3.5 x 1.5–3 mm with a yellow (darker when dried) aril clasping at the base.
Distribution
N1–3 not known elsewhere.
Ecology
Altitude range 700–1500 m.
[FSOM]

Sources

  • Flora of Somalia

    • Flora of Somalia
    • http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0
  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

    • Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2022 World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2022 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0