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This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia to Kenya.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

Urticaceae, I. Friis University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1989

Morphology General Habit
Presumably perennial herb with erect stems, up to 15 cm. high, with thin, flexible, almost filiform stolons up to 30 cm. long, on which are opposite cataphyls.
Morphology General Indumentum
Younger stems and petioles with stiff erect hairs of two different lengths.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite; stipules from a pair of opposite leaves partly fused to form interpetiolar stipules, up to 4 mm. long; petiole very short, up to 1 mm. long at most; lamina narrowly elliptic to lanceolate, 2.5–3.5 cm. long, 1–1.5 cm. wide, base cuneate, margin serrate with (3–)5–9 acute teeth on each side, apex acute, apical tooth up to twice as long as broad; lateral nerves 2–4 pairs, basal pair reaching almost 3/4 towards the apex before arching towards the midnerve and anastomosing with upper lateral nerves; both surfaces with sparse to abundant stiff erect hairs.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Male inflorescences pedunculate, axillary at the upper leaves; peduncle up to 0.5 cm. long, with indumentum as on the stem, but usually more sparse; ♀ inflorescences sessile in the lower leaf-axils (occasionally 1–a few ♀ flowers found in the axils of cataphyls on the stolon), 1–3 together.
sex Male
Male flowers 2–4(–5), with a minute bract at the base of each; perianth up to 2 mm. long, with some stiff hairs on the outside.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flowers shortly pedicillate; perianth up to 2.5 mm. long, cylindrical, glabrous on the outside, with several ridges and ± 5 blunt teeth at the apex, between which the filiform style projects. Male flowers 2–4(–5), with a minute bract at the base of each; perianth up to 2 mm. long, with some stiff hairs on the outside.
sex Female
Female flowers shortly pedicillate; perianth up to 2.5 mm. long, cylindrical, glabrous on the outside, with several ridges and ± 5 blunt teeth at the apex, between which the filiform style projects.
Figures
Fig. 17/H–N, p. 61.
Habitat
In shade among rocks, or on moist rock faces in upland forest; 2500–2650 m.
Distribution
K3

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya

Australina flaccida (A.Rich.) Wedd. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Schimper [s.n.], Ethiopia K000243013 Unknown type material

First published in A.P.de Candolle, Prodr. 16(1): 235.60 (1869)

Accepted by

  • Friis, I. (1989). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Urticaceae: 1-64.
  • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 529. MIM, Deurne.
  • Hedberg, I. & Edwards, S. (eds.) (1989 publ. 1990). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 3: 1-659. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • A.D.Q. Agnew, Upland Kenya Wild Flowers p. 325 (1974).
  • Friis & Wilmot-Dear in Nordic Journ. Bot. 8: 56, fig. 20H–N (1988).
  • Rendle in Flora of Tropical Africa 6(2): 305 (1917).
  • Wedd. in DC., Prodr. 16(1): 235/60 (1869).

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