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This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia to E. DR Congo and Tanzania, S. India, Sri Lanka.
Psilotrichum elliotii

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Perennial herb, somewhat woody at the base, procumbent and forming mats up to ± 1.2 m. across or scrambling among low vegetation, considerably branched from the base and often also above.
Morphology Stem
Stem and branches in the older parts terete, striate, finally glabrescent at the base, quadrangular and sulcate when young, densely furnished with long white hairs, not swollen at the nodes.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves ovate to broadly oblong, 1–5 × 0.8–2.75 cm., rounded to shortly acuminate at the mucronate apex, rounded-subtruncate to shortly cuneate at the base, subsessile and semi-amplexicaul or with a petiole up to ± 5 mm. long, moderately or rarely densely furnished on both surfaces with rather long subappressed white hairs, sometimes glabrescent above with age.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences rather short spikes 6–8 mm. wide and finally elongating to 1.5–3 cm., terminal and generally 2 at each node in the leaf-axils, sessile or on very slender peduncles up to 3 cm. long; bracts deltoid-ovate, 2–2.5 mm., densely white pilose, finally spreading or deflexed, whitish with the only minutely excurrent midrib bordered by a conspicuous green vitta; bracteoles broadly cordate-ovate, 1 mm. long and 2 mm. wide, colour and indumentum similar to the bracts, similarly shortly mucronate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers sessile.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Tepal
Tepals membranous, strongly 3-ribbed and greenish centrally with broad pale margins; the 2 outer lanceolate to oblong-lanceolate, ± 3–4 mm., with broader somewhat involute pale margins almost or quite as wide as the ribbed central part, the 3 ribs meeting below the apex, which is mucronate with the excurrent midrib, the pale margins uniformly furnished with ± patent white hairs; the inner 2 similar or more cucullate and indistinctly mucronate above, more narrowly pale-margined, densely long-pilose along both margins; the intermediate tepal long-pilose along one margin, the second margin with an indumentum similar to that of the outer tepals.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens ± 1.75 mm., very delicate; pseudostaminodes shortly deltoid to obsolete.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style ± 0.75 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule oblong-ovoid, ± 1.5 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed ovoid, 1 mm., compressed, brown, shining, faintly reticulate.
Habitat
Usually in dry grassland or thin thornbush or on grassy or stony road verges, also scrambling among scrub on rocky slopes, in dried-up river beds, in secondary Branchystegia woodland and thinly grassed forest floor, on river banks and anthills; 0– ± 1700 m.
Distribution
K2 K4 K5 K6 T1 T2 T3 T5 T6 U1 U2 U3 U4

Native to:

Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaïre

Psilotrichum elliotii Baker appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Scott Elliot, G.F. [8062], Uganda K000243683 Unknown type material

First published in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 6(1): 58 (1909)

Accepted by

  • 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.
  • Townsend, C.C. (1985). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Amaranthaceae: 1-136.
  • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1978). Flora du Rwanda 1: 1-413. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • 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.
  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (1993). Flora of Somalia 1: 1-493. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1978). Flora du Rwanda 1: 1-413. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • A.D.Q. Agnew, Upland Kenya Wild Flowers p. 137 (1974).
  • Bak. in Flora of Tropical Africa 6(1): 58 (1909), as “ elliottii ” sphalm.
  • Peter, Flora von Deutsch-Ostafrika 2: 234 (1932).

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