Moringa pygmaea Verdc.

First published in Kew Bull. 40: 18 (1985)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is NE. Somalia. It is a tuberous geophyte and grows primarily in the desert or dry shrubland biome.

Descriptions

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

Type
N3, 13 km E of Qardho airstrip, Nugent 25 (EA holo.)
Morphology Stem
Stems 0–15 cm tall from large tuberous rootstock, glabrous
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 2–3-pinnate, glabrous, with 3–4 pairs of pinnae; leaflets 3–5 per pinna, obovate, c. 0.5 x 0.5 cm, yellowish-green
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers yellow or dull purplish brown; receptacle cup-shaped
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals 0.9–1.2 cm long, ciliate at apex
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 1.2–1.3 cm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary glabrous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit unknown.
Distribution
N3 not known elsewhere.
Ecology
Altitude range 470–700 m.
Vernacular
Mawe (Somali).
[FSOM]

Uses

Use
Also used to treat intestine diseases. Tubers are cut and crushed and put in water containers for livestock to get rid of stomach parasites.
[FSOM]

Sources

  • Flora of Somalia

    • Flora of Somalia
    • http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0
  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2022 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 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2022 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0