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This species is accepted, and its native range is NE. Africa to NW. India.

[FSOM]

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

Habit
Herb or subshrub, prostrate to erect, up to c. 30 cm high, covered by ± appressed tubercle-based hairs
Leaves
Leaves sessile or almost so; blade linear to lanceolate, 0.5–6 x 0.2–1.6 cm, acute to obtuse at the apex, with crenulate-undulate margins
Inflorescences
Flowers sessile in dense simple or branched cymes
Calyx
Calyx hairy; lobes linear-lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate, 1.75–3 mm long
Corolla
Corolla white or with yellow centre; tube 2.5–4 mm long, hairy outside; lobes 0.5–1 mm long
Style
Style up to 0.7 mm long; stigmatic head conical, c. 1 mm long
Fruits
Nutlets mostly 4, c. 2 mm long, ± rugose on the back, usually glabrous, sometimes slightly winged at edges.
Distribution
N1–3 Djibouti, Sudan, North and West Africa, Arabian Peninsula and eastwards to Pakistan.
Ecology
Altitude range 0–100 m.
Vernacular
Gahot (Somali)

[FWTA]

Boraginaceae, H. Heine. Flora of West Tropical Africa 2. 1963

Habit
Sub-erect or prostrate from a perennial stock, covered with white bulbous-based bristles
Flowers
Small white flowers, nutlets 4, equal, free, finally glabrous
Ecology
Common in dry regions.

Native to:

Afghanistan, Burkina, Chad, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gulf States, India, Iran, Kuwait, Lebanon-Syria, Libya, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sinai, Somalia, Sudan, Turkmenistan, Yemen

Heliotropium bacciferum Forssk. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Aug 1, 1995 Kotschy [476], Sudan Heliotropium nubicum K000418786
Jan 1, 1993 Kotschy [255], Sudan Heliotropium nubicum K000418787 syntype
Wissmann, H.von [1247], Saudi Arabia Heliotropium makallense K000998189 Unknown type material

First published in Fl. Aegypt.-Arab.: 38 (1775)

Accepted by

  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Thiombiano, A., Schmidt, M., Dressler, S., Ouédraogo, A., Hahn, K. & Zizka, G. (2012). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Burkina Faso Boissiera 65: 1-391.
  • Dobignard, A. & Chatelain, C. (2012). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du nord 4: 1-431. Éditions des conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève.
  • Meena, S.L. (2012). A checklist of the vascular plants of Banaskantha district, Gujarat, India Nelumbo 54: 39-91.
  • Mosti, S., Raffaelli, M. & Tardelli, M. (2012). Contributions to the flora of central-southern Dhofar (Sultanate of Oman) Webbia; Raccolta de Scritti Botanici 67: 65-91.
  • Onana, J.M. (2011). The vascular plants of Cameroon a taxonomic checklist with IUCN assessments: 1-195. National herbarium of Cameroon, Yaoundé.
  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (2006). Flora of Somalia 3: 1-626. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Boulos, L. (2000). Flora of Egypt 2: 1-352. Al Hadara Publishing, Cairo.
  • Jongbloed, M., Western, R.A. & Boer, B. (2000). Annotated Check-list for plants in the U.A.E.: 1-90. Zodiac Publishing, Dubai.
  • Collenette, S. (1999). Wildflowers of Saudi Arabia: 1-799. National commission for wildlife conservation and development (NCWCD), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Ghazanfar, S.A. (1992). An Annotated Catalogue of the Vascular Plants of Oman and their Vernacular names Scripta Botanica Belgica 2: 1-153.
  • Barry, J. P. & Celles, J.S. (1991). Flore de Mauritanie 1: 1-359. Centre Regional de Documentation Pedagogique, Nice.
  • Ali, S.I. & Nasir, Y.J. (1989). Flora of West Pakistan 191: 1-200.
  • Daoud, H.S. in Al-Rawi, A. (1985). Flora of Kuwait 1: 1-224. Alden Press Ltd., U.K.
  • Riedl, H. (1967). Flora Iranica 48: 1-281. Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt, Graz.

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • Fl. Aegypt.-Arab., Descr. Pl. 38 (1775).

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Thiombiano, A., Schmidt, M., Dressler, S., Ouédraogo, A., Hahn, K. & Zizka, G. (2012). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Burkina Faso Boissiera 65: 1-391.
  • Mosti, S., Raffaelli, M. & Tardelli, M. (2012). Contributions to the flora of central-southern Dhofar (Sultanate of Oman) Webbia; Raccolta de Scritti Botanici 67: 65-91.
  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (2006). Flora of Somalia 3: 1-626. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Boulos, L. (2000). Flora of Egypt 2: 1-352. Al Hadara Publishing, Cairo.
  • Jongbloed, M., Western, R.A. & Boer, B. (2000). Annotated Check-list for plants in the U.A.E.: 1-90. Zodiac Publishing, Dubai.
  • Collenette, S. (1999). Wildflowers of Saudi Arabia: 1-799. National commission for wildlife conservation and development (NCWCD), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • Daoud, H.S. in Al-Rawi, A. (1985). Flora of Kuwait 1: 1-224. Alden Press Ltd., U.K.
  • Riedl, H. (1967). Flora Iranica 48: 1-281. Akademische Druck- u. Verlagsanstalt, Graz.
  • Hepper, F.N. (ed.) (1963). Flora of West Tropical Africa, ed. 2, 2: 1-544.

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 3, (2006) Author: by M. Thulin [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

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