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This species is accepted, and its native range is N. Somalia.
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

Type
N1, without exact locality (cult. in Kew), James & Thrupp s.n. (K holo.).
Morphology General Habit
Perennial herb up to 15 cm high, usually less, stems up to 1 cm thick at base, upper stems slender, erect
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate, subterete, 6–11(–25) x (1.5–)1.8–2 mm, tip acute to mucronate; axils with very conspicuous tuft of slender brown scales to 15 mm long, mixed with a few much shorter hairs when young
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence subscapose, involucral leaves up to twice as long as stem leaves
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals 7–9.5 x 4 mm, subacute, not keeled
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals obovate, 12–15 x 10+ mm, tip rounded, bright yellow
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens up to 50, filaments long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 3.5 mm diam., lid 3.3–4 mm long, glossy, straw-coloured
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds subglobose, 0.8 mm diam, dark brown, iridescent, ± smooth with clearly delineated deeply stellate-interlocking testa cells.
Distribution
N1 not known elsewhere.
Ecology
Altitude range 910–1580 m.
Note
The axillary scales are distinctive.

Native to:

Somalia

Portulaca somalica N.E.Br. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
James, F.L. [s.n.], Somalia K000075363 Unknown type material

First published in Gard. Chron., n.s., 26: 134 (1886)

Accepted by

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

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 M. G. Gilbert [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