1. Family: Lythraceae J.St.-Hil.
    1. Genus: Lawsonia L.
      1. Lawsonia inermis L.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is NE. Tropical Africa, Arabian Peninsula, Pakistan to India.

    [FZ]

    Lythraceae, A. Fernandes. Flora Zambesiaca 4. 1978

    Habit
    Evergreen shrub or small tree 2–7 m. high, glabrous, with the young branches 4-angular and the old ones terete, rigid and often spinescent.
    Leaves
    Leaves 1·2–6·7 x 0·5–2·7 cm., elliptic, obovate to oblanceolate, acute at the apex, sometimes mucronulate, narrowed into a short petiole, pinnately nerved, submembranous.
    Inflorescences
    Panicles 5–25 cm. long.
    Flowers
    Flowers whitish, scented; pedicels 2–4 mm. long; bracts 0·4–0·7 mm. long, linear, caducous.
    Calyx
    Calyx-tube 1–1·7 mm. high, with the lobes 2–3 mm. long, ovate-triangular.
    Corolla
    Petals 1·5–2·5 mm. long, slightly clawed, yellowish.
    Stamens
    Stamens with the filaments c. 5 mm. long.
    Style
    Style c. 3 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Fruits 4–6 x 4·5–8 mm.
    Seeds
    Seeds 2–2·6 mm. long.
    [FWTA]

    Lythraceae, Hutchinson and Dalziel. Flora of West Tropical Africa 1:1. 1954

    Flowers
    Flowers creamy-white, sweet scented
    [FTEA]

    Lythraceae, B. Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1984

    Habit
    Glabrous shrub or small tree 1.5–7(–10.5–?12) m. tall often densely tangled and several m. wide; bark ashy grey or brown, smooth or striate; spines (modified young branches) sometimes present and up to 3.5 cm. long.
    Leaves
    Leaves elliptic or oblong to oblanceolate, 1–8.5 cm. long, 0.2–3.8 cm. wide, acute, apiculate or occasionally rounded at the apex, cuneate at the base.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences 3–25 cm. long; pedicels 2–4 mm. long; bracteoles linear, ± 0.5 mm. long; flowers sweet-scented; buds sometimes reddish at apex.
    Calyx
    Calyx-tube 1–1.7 mm. long; lobes 2–3 mm. long.
    Corolla
    Petals white, cream, greenish white, green or yellow, 1.5–2.5(–4) mm. long, 4–5 mm. wide.
    Filaments
    Filaments 4–5 mm. long.
    Style
    Style ± 3 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Fruits purplish green, 4–6 mm. long, 4.5–8 mm. wide.
    Seeds
    Seeds 2–2.6 mm. long.
    Figures
    Fig. 4.
    Habitat
    Temporarily flooded rocky river courses in dry country with Acacia, Salvadora, Capparidaceae, etc., riverine thicket, Cordia-Hyphaene associations, also riverine forest with Populus, Acacia, Ficus, Kigelia, hillsides, cliffs, rock-crevices, etc., also near coast; ± 2–1350 m.
    Distribution
    K1 K2 K4 K7 P T3 T5 T6 U1 Z Senegal to Nigeria, Zaire, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, Mozambique, Seychelles, Madagascar, Comoro Is., South Africa (Natal)also Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Arabia, Egypt, Libya, China, Pakistan (wild in Baluchistan), India, Maldive Is., Sri Lanka, Malaya, Indochina, Malesia to New Guinea and Australia (see note)
    [FWTA]
    Use
    Widely cultivated as a dye-plant (Henna).

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Oman, Pakistan, Panamá, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Tanzania, Yemen

    Introduced into:

    Algeria, Andaman Is., Aruba, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina, Cameroon, Cayman Is., Central African Repu, Chad, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gulf of Guinea Is., Guyana, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Laos, Leeward Is., Lesser Sunda Is., Liberia, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Mexico Southwest, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Netherlands Antilles, Nicobar Is., Niger, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Suriname, Tadzhikistan, Togo, Trinidad-Tobago, Tunisia, Turks-Caicos Is., Uganda, Venezuela, Venezuelan Antilles, Windward Is., Zaïre

    Lawsonia inermis L. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1976 Baron, R. [5332], Madagascar K000310555 Unknown type material
    Ash [19], Ethiopia 35563.000
    Kotschy [367] K000310559
    Dedit, R. [s.n.], Senegal K000310554 Unknown type material
    Sandeman, C. [2236], Brazil K001076513

    First published in Sp. Pl.: 340 (1753)

    Accepted by

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    • Mostaph, M.K. & Uddin, S.B. (2013). Dictionary of plant names of Bangladesh, Vasc. Pl.: 1-434. Janokalyan Prokashani, Chittagong, Bangladesh.
    • Dobignard, A. & Chatelain, C. (2012). Index synonymique de la flore d'Afrique du nord 4: 1-431. Éditions des conservatoire et jardin botaniques, Genève.
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    • Lisowski, S. (2009). Flore (Angiospermes) de la République de Guinée Scripta Botanica Belgica 41: 1-517.
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    • Akoègninou, A., van der Burg, W.J. & van der Maesen, L.J.G. (eds.) (2006). Flore Analytique du Bénin: 1-1034. Backhuys Publishers.
    • Catarino, L., Sampaio Martins, E., Pinto-Basto, M.F. & Diniz, M.A. (2006). Plantas Vasculares e Briófitos da Guiné-Bissau: 1-298. Instituto de investigação científica tropical, Instituto Português de apoio ao desenvolvimento.
    • Correa A., Mireya D. Galdames, Carmen Correa A., M. D., C. Galdames & M. S. de Stapf (2004). Catálogo de las Plantas Vasculares de Panamá: 1-599. Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute.
    • Kress, W.J., DeFilipps, R.A., Farr, E. & Kyi, D.Y.Y. (2003). A Checklist of the Trees, Shrubs, Herbs and Climbers of Myanmar Contributions from the United States National Herbarium 45: 1-590. Smithsonian Institution.
    • Aké Assi, L. (2001). Flore de la Côte-d'Ivoire: catalogue systématique, biogéographie et écologie. I Boissiera 57: 1-396.
    • Edwards, S., Tadesse, M., Demissew, S. & Hedberg, I. (eds.) (2000). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 2(1): 1-532. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
    • Jørgensen, P.M. & León-Yánez, S. (eds.) (1999). Catalogue of the Vascular Plants of Ecuador Monographs in Systematic Botany from the Missouri Botanical Garden 75: i-viii, 1-1181. Missouri Botanical Garden.
    • Boggan, J. Funck, V. & Kelloff, C. (1997). Checklist of the Plants of the Guianas (Guyana, Surinam, Franch Guiana) ed. 2: 1-238. University of Guyana, Georgetown.
    • Wood, J.R.I. (1997). A handbook of the Yemen Flora: 1-434. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Verdcourt, B. (1994). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Lythraceae: 1-62.
    • Thulin, M. (ed.) (1993). Flora of Somalia 1: 1-493. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • 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.
    • Lebrun, J.p., Toutain, B., Gaston, A. & Boudet, G. (1991). Catalogue des Plantes Vasculaires du Burkina Faso: 1-341. Institut d' Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux, Maisons Alfort.
    • Boudet, G., Lebrun, J.P. & Demange, R. (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali: 1-465. Etudes d'Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux.
    • Brunel, J.F., Hiepo, P. & Scholz, H. (eds.) (1984). Flore Analytique du Togo Phanérogames: 1-751. GTZ, Eschborn.
    • Ovchinnikov, P.N. (ed.) (1981). Flora Tadzhikskoi SSR 6: 1-725. Izd-vo Akademii nauk SSSR, Moskva.
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