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This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Somalia to NE. Kenya.

[FSOM]

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

Type
S1, between “Uenèio” and “Butiài”, Paoli 793 (FT holo.)
Morphology General Habit
Subshrub up to 10–100 cm tall, moderately branched
Morphology Stem
Stems glabrous except for some up to 1.5 mm long hairs at nodes; old stems dull greyish brown
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-blades narrowly lanceolate to narrowly elliptic or linear, up to 15–95 x 4–11 mm, glabrous or with some 0.25–1 mm long antrorse to appressed hairs at veins and margin, more densely pubescent when young, apex mucronate with weak spine c. 1–2 mm long, base attenuate; petiole indistinct, up to c. 5 mm long
Morphology General Spines
Axillary spines 4 in each leaf-axil, up to 10–13 mm long, on up to 1.5–3 mm long common stalk
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Flowers single in upper leaf-axils, separated by up to 18 mm long internodes; peduncles 1–6 mm long; pedicels 0–3 mm long; bracts leaf-like; bracteoles with very reduced blade, transformed into 10–20 mm long spines
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx whitish green, glabrous; outer lobes equal, narrowly lanceolate-mucronate, up to 13–23 x 3–4 mm, tapering into a spine c. 9–14 mm long; inner lobes transformed into spines up to 8–18 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla lemon yellow, 17–40 mm long, 1 lobe united for c. 9–11 mm and 4 lobes for 13.5–22 mm into a narrow tube
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 2-seeded, 10–12 mm long, tapering into a long beak, glabrous.
Distribution
N1–3; C1, 2; S1; Eastern Ethiopia, Northern Kenya
Ecology
Altitude range 130–1200 m.
Note
Variable in size and shape of leaves and corolla parts. Plants from N3 are low with relatively short leaves, corolla up to c. 25 mm long and calyx up to c. 11 mm long. Most plants from central and southern Somalia are more slender and tall with leaves up to 95 mm long, corolla up to 40 mm long and calyx up to 23 mm long. Collections from Kenya and Ethiopia agree with the southern form.

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia

Barleria brevispina (Fiori) Hedrén appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Willdenowia 36: 758 (2006)

Accepted by

  • Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2010). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Acanthaceae (Part 2): 287-756.
  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (2006). Flora of Somalia 3: 1-626. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, (2000) Author: by M. Hedrén [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