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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Eritrea to S .Africa, Arabien Peninsula.

[FSOM]

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

Morphology General Habit
Shrubby herb; indumentum not glandular
Morphology Leaves
Leaves clustered at nodes to form false whorls, oblanceolate; stipules scarious, free
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Flowers 5-merous, in dense axillary clusters of cymes, the axes of which enlarge and become fleshy in fruit; bracts scarious, small
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers sessile; receptacle forming tube as long as sepals; sepals free, alternating with short petal-like scales; stamens 1(–2); ovary with 2 ovules, style filiform, persistent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit 1-seeded, enclosed within persistent perianth, wall adhering closely to seed.
Note
Genus of one species only, easily recognised by the very succulent red infructescence.

[FTEA]

Caryophyllaceae, W. B. Turrill. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1956

Morphology General Habit
Branched subshrubs with rather stiff branches
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite but giving the appearance of being in whorls (falsely verticillate); stipules free, scarious
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers hermaphrodite, in dense subsessile axillary cymes; receptacle cupuliform
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals 5, free
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 5, minute
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 1–2, with the perianth parts perigynous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary with 2 basal ovules and a filiform persistent style
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruits one-seeded, indehiscent with persistent sepals and borne on enlarged and fleshy rhachides and with the lower parts of the bracts also enlarged and fleshy.

Native to:

Angola, Botswana, Cape Provinces, Caprivi Strip, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Free State, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Pollichia Aiton appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Hort. Kew. 1: 5 (1789)

Literature

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 1, (1993) Author: by M. G. Gilbert [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Hort. Kew., ed. 1, 1: 5 (1789)
  • Hort. Kew., ed. 1, 3: 505 (1789)

Flora of Somalia
Flora of Somalia
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. 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