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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & S. Africa, Indian Subcontinent to Myanmar, SE. Borneo.
Nothosaerva brachiata

[FZ]

Amaranthaceae, C. C. Townsend. Flora Zambesiaca 9:1. 1988

Morphology General Habit
Annual herb, (4) 10–45 cm., with many spreading branches from about the base upwards; stem and branches subterete, striate, glabrous or thinly hairy.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves narrowly to broadly elliptic, elliptic-oblong or ovate, thinly hairy to glabrous or almost so, obtuse, subacute at the apex, at the base gradually or more abruptly narrowed to a petiole about half the length of the lamina, lamina of the lower main stem leaves c. 10–40 (50) × 6–20 mm., upper and branch leaves becoming shorter and narrower.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers in dense, 3–15 × 2–2.5 mm. spikes which are clustered in the leaf-axils of the stem and branches or on very short axillary shoots; spikes sessile or the terminal spike of axillary shoots shortly (to c. 3 mm.) pedunculate; inflorescence axis thinly to rather densely pilose; bracts hyaline, minutely erose-denticulate, concave, acute or shortly acuminate, c. 0.5 mm., glabrous or very thinly hairy; bracteoles minute, hyaline.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth segments broadly oval-elliptic, c. 1.25 mm. long, subacute to shortly acuminate, villous on the outer surface, in the basal two-thirds with a thick greenish vitta and a single midrib.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens longer than the ovary and style.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule included, falling with the persistent perianth.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed c. 0.4 mm. chestnut-brown, smooth and shining.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Annual herb, (4–)10–45 cm., with many spreading branches from about the base upwards; stem and branches subterete, striate, glabrous or thinly hairy.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves narrowly to broadly elliptic, elliptic-oblong or ovate, entire, thinly hairy to glabrous, obtuse to subacute at the tip, blade of the lower main stem leaves ± 10–40(–50) × 6–20 mm., gradually or more abruptly narrowed to a petiole about half the length of the blade, upper and branch leaves becoming shorter and narrower.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers in dense 3–15 × 2 2.5 mm. spikes which are clustered in the leaf-axils of the stem and branches or on very short axillary shoots; spike sessile or the terminal spike on axillary shoots shortly (to ± 3 mm.) pedunculate; inflorescence-axis thinly to rather densely pilose; bracts hyaline, minutely erose, concave, acute or shortly acuminate, ± 0.5 mm., glabrous or very thinly hairy; bracteoles minute, hyaline.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth-segments broadly ovate, ± 1.25 mm., subacute to shortly acuminate, villous on the outer surface in the basal two-thirds with a thick greenish vitta and a central rib.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens longer than ovary and style.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule included, falling with the persistent perianth.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed ± 0.4 m., chestnut-brown, smooth and shining.
Figures
Fig. 20.
Habitat
Usually in sandy or clay flats, shores or seasonal watercourses, where liable to periodic flooding, on bare soil by ditches, etc.; 0–1050 m.
Distribution
K1 K3 K4 K7 T5 T6 T7 T8 tropical Africa from Senegal through Chad to Somalia (N.) and Ethiopia, S. to Zimbabwe and AngolaMauritiusIndia from Punjab to Madras and Sri Lanka, Burma: doubtfully recorded from Borneo

[FSOM]

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

Morphology General Habit
Plant (4–)10–45 cm with many divaricate branches from near the base upwards; stem and branches glabrous or thinly hairy
Morphology Leaves
Leaves narrowly elliptic to ovate, thinly hairy to glabrous or almost so, blade of lower leaves of main stem c. 10–40(–50) x 6–20 mm, gradually or more abruptly narrowed to a long petiole, upper and branch leaves reducing
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Spikes dense, 3–15 x 2–2.5 mm, axillary or on short axillary shoots, sessile or the terminal spike of axillary shoots shortly pedunculate, inflorescence axis thinly to rather densely pilose
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Tepal
Tepals broadly elliptic, c. 1.25 mm, villous dorsally with a thick greenish vitta along the midrib in the basal two-thirds
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule falling with the persistent perianth.
Distribution
N1, 3; C1; S1, 3 most of tropical Africa, Mauritius, India, Sri Lanka, Myanmar
Ecology
Altitude range 230–730 m.
Vernacular
Wandeeq (Somali).

[FWTA]

Amaranthaceae, Hutchinson and Dalziel. Flora of West Tropical Africa 1:1. 1954

Morphology General Habit
Erect or straggling, branched herb, to 2 ft. high
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white.

Native to:

Angola, Bangladesh, Benin, Borneo, Burkina, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Chad, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gulf of Guinea Is., India, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Introduced into:

Mauritius

Nothosaerva brachiata (L.) Wight appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
s.coll. [Cat. no. 6910] Aerva brachiata K001126153
Wallich, N. [Cat. no. 6910], Myanmar Aerva brachiata K001126154
s.coll. [Cat. no. 6910], India Aerva brachiata K001126151
s.coll. [Cat. no. 6910], India Aerva brachiata K001126152

First published in Icon. Pl. Ind. Orient. 6: 1 (1853)

Accepted by

  • Akoègninou, A., van der Burg, W.J. & van der Maesen, L.J.G. (eds.) (2006). Flore Analytique du Bénin: 1-1034. Backhuys Publishers.
  • Barry, J. P. & Celles, J.S. (1991). Flore de Mauritanie 1: 1-359. Centre Regional de Documentation Pedagogique, Nice.
  • Bosser, J. & al. (eds.) (1994). Flore des Mascareignes 136-148: 1. IRD Éditions, MSIRI, RBG-Kew, Paris.
  • Boudet, G., Lebrun, J.P. & Demange, R. (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali: 1-465. Etudes d'Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux.
  • Boulvert, Y. (1977). Catalogue de la Flore de Centrafrique 2(1): 1-85. ORSTROM, Bangui.
  • Collenette, S. (1999). Wildflowers of Saudi Arabia: 1-799. National commission for wildlife conservation and development (NCWCD), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Edwards, S., Tadesse, M., Demissew, S. & Hedberg, I. (eds.) (2000). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 2(1): 1-532. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
  • Exell, A.W. (1973). Angiosperms of the islands of the gulf of Guinea (Fernando Po, Príncipe, S.Tomé, and Annobon) Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History). Botany 4: 325-411.
  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Hutchinson, J., Dalziel, J.M. & Keay, R.W.J. (1954-1958). Flora of West Tropical Africa, ed. 2, 1: 1-828.
  • Kress, W.J., DeFilipps, R.A., Farr, E. & Kyi, D.Y.Y. (2003). A Checklist of the Trees, Shrubs, Herbs and Climbers of Myanmar Contributions from the United States National Herbarium 45: 1-590. Smithsonian Institution.
  • Launert, E. (ed.) (1988). Flora Zambesiaca 9(1): 1-179. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Lebrun, J.-P., Audru, J., Gaston, A. & Mosnier, M. (1972). Catalogue des Plantes Vasculaires du Tchad Méridional: 1-289. Institut d' Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons Alfort.
  • Lebrun, J.p., Toutain, B., Gaston, A. & Boudet, G. (1991). Catalogue des Plantes Vasculaires du Burkina Faso: 1-341. Institut d' Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons Alfort.
  • Meena, S.L. (2012). A checklist of the vascular plants of Banaskantha district, Gujarat, India Nelumbo 54: 39-91.
  • Miller, A.G. & Cope, T.A. (1996). Flora of the Arabian peninsula and Socotra 1: 1-586. Edinburgh university press.
  • Mostaph, M.K. & Uddin, S.B. (2013). Dictionary of plant names of Bangladesh, Vasc. Pl.: 1-434. Janokalyan Prokashani, Chittagong, Bangladesh.
  • Nasir, E. & Ali, S.I. (eds.) (1970-1995). Flora of West Pakistan 1-131.
  • Onana, J.M. (2011). The vascular plants of Cameroon a taxonomic checklist with IUCN assessments: 1-195. National herbarium of Cameroon, Yaoundé.
  • Peyre de Fabregues, B. & Lebrun, J.-P. (1976). Catalogue des Plantes Vascularies du Niger: 1-433. Institut d' Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons Alfort.
  • Townsend, C.C. (1985). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Amaranthaceae: 1-136.
  • Van Steenis, C.G.G.J. (ed.) (1948-1954). Flora Malesiana 4: 1-631. Noordhoff-Kolff N.V., Djakarta.

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • Icon. 6: 1 (1853)
  • Schinz in E. & P. Pflanzenfam. 16C: 52 (1934).

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Akoègninou, A., van der Burg, W.J. & van der Maesen, L.J.G. (eds.) (2006). Flore Analytique du Bénin: 1-1034. Backhuys Publishers.
  • Barry, J. P. & Celles, J.S. (1991). Flore de Mauritanie 1: 1-359. Centre Regional de Documentation Pedagogique, Nice.
  • Bosser, J. & al. (eds.) (1994). Flore des Mascareignes 136-148: 1. IRD Éditions, MSIRI, RBG-Kew, Paris.
  • Boudet, G., Lebrun, J.P. & Demange, R. (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali: 1-465. Etudes d'Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux.
  • Boulvert, Y. (1977). Catalogue de la Flore de Centrafrique 2(1): 1-85. ORSTROM, Bangui.
  • Collenette, S. (1999). Wildflowers of Saudi Arabia: 1-799. National commission for wildlife conservation and development (NCWCD), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Edwards, S., Tadesse, M., Demissew, S. & Hedberg, I. (eds.) (2000). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 2(1): 1-532. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
  • Exell, A.W. (1973). Angiosperms of the islands of the gulf of Guinea (Fernando Po, Príncipe, S.Tomé, and Annobon) Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History). Botany 4: 325-411.
  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Fosberg, F.R. (1957). The Maldive islands, Indian Ocean Atoll Research Bulletin 58: 1-37.
  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Hutchinson, J., Dalziel, J.M. & Keay, R.W.J. (1954-1958). Flora of West Tropical Africa, ed. 2, 1: 1-828.
  • Launert, E. (ed.) (1988). Flora Zambesiaca 9(1): 1-179. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Lebrun, J.-P., Audru, J., Gaston, A. & Mosnier, M. (1972). Catalogue des Plantes Vasculaires du Tchad Méridional: 1-289. Institut d' Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons Alfort.
  • Lebrun, J.p., Toutain, B., Gaston, A. & Boudet, G. (1991). Catalogue des Plantes Vasculaires du Burkina Faso: 1-341. Institut d' Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons Alfort.
  • Meena, S.L. (2012). A checklist of the vascular plants of Banaskantha district, Gujarat, India Nelumbo 54: 39-91.
  • Mostaph, M.K. & Uddin, S.B. (2013). Dictionary of plant names of Bangladesh, Vasc. Pl.: 1-434. Janokalyan Prokashani, Chittagong, Bangladesh.
  • Nasir, E. & Ali, S.I. (eds.) (1970-1995). Flora of West Pakistan 1-131.
  • Onana, J.M. (2011). The vascular plants of Cameroon a taxonomic checklist with IUCN assessments: 1-195. National herbarium of Cameroon, Yaoundé.
  • Peyre de Fabregues, B. & Lebrun, J.-P. (1976). Catalogue des Plantes Vascularies du Niger: 1-433. Institut d' Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons Alfort.
  • Townsend, C.C. (1985). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Amaranthaceae: 1-136.
  • Van Steenis, C.G.G.J. (ed.) (1948-1954). Flora Malesiana 4: 1-631. Noordhoff-Kolff N.V., Djakarta.

Flora of Somalia

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

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • A.D.Q. Agnew, Upland Kenya Wild Flowers p. 136 (1974).
  • Cavaco in Mém. Bus. Nat. Hist. Nat. Paris, sér. B, 13: 104 (1962).
  • Cufod., Enumeratio Plantarum Aethiopiae Spermatophyta (Supplement in Bull. Jard. Bot. Brux.) p. 70 (1953).
  • F. W. Andr., The Flowering Plants of the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan 1: 119 (1950).
  • Gilg in Die Pflanzenwelt Ost-Afrikas und der Nachbargebiete, Theile C: 173 (1895).
  • Wight, Ic. Pl. Ind. Or. 6: 1 (1853).

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