1. Family: Urticaceae Juss.
    1. Obetia Gaudich.

      1. This genus is accepted, and is native to Africa..

    [FZ]

    Urticaceae, I. Friis. Flora Zambesiaca 9:6. 1991

    Habit
    Small to medium-sized shrubs or small trees, dioecious, deciduous, wood soft, juicy; younger branches herbaceous, with stinging hairs.
    Cystoliths
    Cystoliths dot-like or slightly elongated.
    Leaves
    Leaves alternate, usually clustered in terminal rosettes, petiolate; lamina simple or lobed, base rounded or cordate, mostly with a velvety tomentum on the inferior side.
    Stipules
    Stipules free, lateral, mostly persisting.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences mostly in the axils of fallen leaves, appearing before the new leaves, sometimes in the axils of the new leaves; flowers pedicellate, clustered in branched, bracteate panicles; male inflorescences smaller than the female ones.
    Flowers
    Female flowers irregular, 4-merous, outer pair of tepals smaller than inner pair; tepals increasing in size and becoming thinly membranaceous in fruit; staminodes absent; ovary ovoid, with a sessile penicillate stigma. Male flowers regular, 5-merous, stamens equalling tepals in number, ovary rudimentary.
    Fruits
    Achene compressed, enclosed in the persistent accrescent, membranaceous perianth.
    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Small to medium-sized shrubs or small trees, completely deciduous in dry season, dioecious
    Stem
    Stems herbaceous when young, wood soft and juicy, pith often wide; cystoliths dot-like or slightly elongated
    Leaves
    Leaves alternate, usually clustered in terminal rosettes, petiolate, simple or lobed; stipules free, lateral
    Inflorescences
    Male inflorescences much smaller than ♀ ones Inflorescences bracted panicles, in axils of fallen leaves or sometimes of current or young leaves
    Male
    Male flowers 5-merous, regular, with rudimentary ovary
    Flowers
    Female flowers 4-merous, outer pair of tepals smaller than inner pair, both pairs enlarging and becoming thinly membranous in fruit; staminodes absent; ovary ovoid, oblique, with sessile penicillate stigma Male flowers 5-merous, regular, with rudimentary ovary
    Female
    Female flowers 4-merous, outer pair of tepals smaller than inner pair, both pairs enlarging and becoming thinly membranous in fruit; staminodes absent; ovary ovoid, oblique, with sessile penicillate stigma
    Fruits
    Achene compressed, enclosed in the persistent, accrescent membranous perianth.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Aldabra, Angola, Botswana, Burundi, Cape Provinces, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Madagascar, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Rodrigues, Rwanda, Réunion, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Obetia Gaudich. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    McWhirter, J. [189], Madagascar 32159.000

    First published in Voy. Bonite, Bot. 3: t. 82 (1844)

    Literature

    Flora Zambesiaca
    • Friis in Kew Bull. 38: 221–228 (1983).
    • in Voy. Monde Bonite, Bot., Atlas: tab. 82 (1844).
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Friis in K.B. 38: 221–228 (1983)
    • G.F.P. 2: 182 (1967)
    • Engl. in E. & P. Pf. 3(1): 106 (1888)
    • G.P. 3: 382 (1880)
    • Voy. Monde Bonite, Bot., Atlas, t. 82 (1844)

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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