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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Somalia to Tanzania.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FSOM]

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

Morphology General Habit
Shrub or small tree; young branches densely pubescent with yellow or pale brown hairs
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets ovate or elliptic, 2–10.5 x 1.5–5.5 cm, acute to acuminate at the apex, cuneate to rounded at the base, with entire to crenate margins, scabrid above, sparsely to densely pubescent and glandular beneath; petiole 1.5–7 cm long; petiolule of middle leaflet up to 14(–18) mm long, lateral leaflets subsessile
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences terminal, 2–12.5 cm long, narrow, with short lateral cymes
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 1.5–3 mm long, pubescent and glandular outside
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla white, dull yellow or very pale pink; tube 2–2.5 mm long, the lobes c. 1.5 mm long, glandular and tomentose outside at tips
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit globose to ovoid, c. 6 mm long; fruiting calyx c. 7 mm wide, irregularly lobed.

[FTEA]

Verbenaceae, B. Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1992

Morphology General Habit
Aromatic erect or scrambling shrub or small tree 1.5–4.5(–5.4) m. tall; bark pale and ridged; young stems ± square, densely yellow or pale brown pubescent, ± glabrous when older.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets ovate or elliptic, 1.8–10.5 cm. long, 1.3–5.5 cm. wide (the median longest), acute to long-acuminate at the apex, very rarely rounded, cuneate to rounded at the base, the laterals more rounded or subtruncate, entire, crenate or ± toothed, sometimes very slightly bullate, scabrid and ± rugose above, sparsely to densely pubescent beneath particularly on nerves and with dense glands or ± glabrous (particularly in K7); venation raised beneath; petioles 1.3–5(–7) cm. long; petiolules 1–5(–18) mm. long, the lateral leaflets with them short or subsessile.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences narrow, 2–12.5 cm. long, pubescent, the lateral cymes mostly short so that panicle appears almost subspicate; young inflorescence with bracts slightly comose at apex, soon falling; main bracts to each cyme purplish, 3 mm. long, 1–1.5 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx shortly tubular, 1.5–3 mm. long, shortly toothed to distinctly lobed, pubescent and glandular.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla white, dull yellow or very pale pink; tube 2–2.5 mm. long, glabrous to pubescent-tomentose outside; lobes ovate to ± round, 1.5 mm. long, 1.2–1.5 mm. wide, glandular and tomentose outside at tips, the upper lip distinctly bilobed or not.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit buff-brown, ovoid to globose, 6 mm. long, glossy, glabrous and not glandular, the wall very thin and easily splitting; endocarp very hard; fruiting calyx ± 7 mm. wide, irregularly lobed.
Habitat
Bushland, thickets or rocky outcrops, woodland, forest edges, sometimes riverine; 0–1710 m.
Distribution
not known elsewhere K4 K6 K7 T1 T2 T3 T6 T8 Z

Native to:

Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania

Vitex strickeri Vatke & Hildebrandt appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 2009 Luke [2959], Kenya K000509856
Jul 1, 1987 Scott Elliot, G.F. [6417], Kenya K000192774
Hildebrandt, J.M. [1250], Tanzania K000192775
Fries, T.C.E. [1988], Kenya K000192773

First published in Linnaea 43: 532 (1882)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (2006). Flora of Somalia 3: 1-626. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (2006). Flora of Somalia 3: 1-626. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, (2000) Author: by M. Thulin [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Bak. in Flora of Tropical Africa 5: 318 (1900).
  • Dale & Greenway, Kenya Trees and Shrubs p. 597 (1961).
  • Gürke in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 28: 463 (1900).
  • Gürke in Die Pflanzenwelt Ost-Afrikas und der Nachbargebiete, Theile C: 340 (1895)
  • J.P.M. Brenan, Check-lists of the Forest Trees and Shrubs of the British Empire no. 5, part II, Tanganyika Territory p. 642 (1949), pro parte.
  • Moldenke in Phytologia 6: 143 (1958).
  • Pieper in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 62, Beibl. 141 (‘142’): 55 (1928).
  • T.C.E. Fries in Notizblatt des Botanischen Gartens und Museums zu Berlin-Dahelm 8: 702 (1924).
  • Vatke & Hildebrandt in Linnaea 43: 532 (1882).
  • Vollesen in Opera Bot. 59: 83 (1980).

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