Withania reichenbachii (Vatke) Bitter

First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 54: 345 (1917)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is N. Somalia. It is a subshrub or shrub and grows primarily in the desert or dry shrubland biome.

Descriptions

Extinction risk predictions for the world's flowering plants to support their conservation (2024). Bachman, S.P., Brown, M.J.M., Leão, T.C.C., Lughadha, E.N., Walker, B.E. https://nph.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/nph.19592

Conservation
Predicted extinction risk: not threatened. Confidence: low confidence
[AERP]

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

Morphology General Habit
Dwarf shrub, c. 0.5–0.9 m tall; stems tomentose with whitish to pale brown hairs
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-blades ± narrowly ovate, 3.5–12.5 x 2–5 cm, subacute at the apex, broadly and ± obliquely cuneate at the base, with entire margins or almost so, tomentose on both sides when young, becoming less densely hairy with age; petiole 1–4 cm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers in axillary 4–6-flowered clusters; pedicels 6–8 mm long, tomentose
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 8–10 mm long in flower and enlarging to c. 15 mm in fruit, tomentose outside; tube c. 3–4 mm long; lobes 5–7.5 x 2–3 mm, lanceolate-oblong, usually with a c. 1 mm long narrow ± outcurved appendix at the tip
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla greenish white, 10–15 mm long, ± thinly tomentose outside; tube c. 7–11 mm long; lobes triangular, c. 3–4 mm long and c. 4–5 mm wide at the base, acute
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens with filaments c. 6 mm long; anthers c. 1 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary surrounded by a conspicuous disk at the base; style c. 5–6.5 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Berry c. 6 mm in diam., glabrous, shiny, the top visible between the calyx-lobes
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds c. 2 x 1.5 mm, reticulate.
[FSOM]

Sources

  • Angiosperm Extinction Risk Predictions v1

    • Angiosperm Threat Predictions
    • http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
  • Flora of Somalia

    • Flora of Somalia
    • http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0
  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2024. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2023 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 2024. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2023 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0