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  1. Family: Urticaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Obetia Gaudich.
      1. Obetia tenax (N.E.Br.) Friis

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tropical & S. Africa.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    A small tree, branched, deciduous, presumably dioecious.
    Bark
    Bark of older branches brown.
    Indumentum
    Numerous stinging hairs on younger branches, leaves and inflorescences.
    Leaves
    Leaves 5–15 x 3–10 cm., ovate to almost circular, sometimes faintly 3-lobed; apex rounded, acute or broadly acuminate; base broadly cordate, truncate or rounded; margin coarsely serrate; lamina triplinerved, upper surface with stinging hairs and a few stiff hairs, lower surface pubescent when young, later glabrescent Petiole 3–8 cm. long, with stinging hairs.
    Stipules
    Stipules up to 8 mm. long, lateral, free.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences in the axis of fallen leaves, developing before or partly contemporaneous with the new leaves. Male inflorescences up to 15 cm. long, bracteate; flowers pedicellate, 5-merous, c. 1 mm. in diam. Female inflorescences as for the males; flowers 4-merous, up to 1 mm. long.
    Male
    Male inflorescences up to 15 cm. long, bracteate; flowers pedicellate, 5-merous, c. 1 mm. in diam.
    Female
    Female inflorescences as for the males; flowers 4-merous, up to 1 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Achenes about 1.5 mm. long, enclosed by the accrescent, membranaceous perianth up to 3 mm. long.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Botswana, Cape Provinces, KwaZulu-Natal, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Zimbabwe

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Obetia tenax (N.E.Br.) Friis appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Chase, N.C. [7942], Zimbabwe K000285544
    Wood [3837], South Africa K000242842
    Wood [3837], South Africa K000242843 Unknown type material
    Hilliard, O.M. [464], Botswana K000285543
    Hansen, O.J. [3444], Botswana K000285542

    Bibliography

    First published in Kew Bull. 38: 226 (1983)

    Accepted by

    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Launert, E. & Cope, G.V. (eds.) (1991). Flora Zambesiaca 9(6): 1-135. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Launert, E. & Cope, G.V. (eds.) (1991). Flora Zambesiaca 9(6): 1-135. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0