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This species is accepted, and its native range is Central & S. Somalia.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FSOM]

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

Type
C1, 1 km NW of Ali Yabaal, Thulin, Hedrén & Abdi Dahir 7380 (UPS holo., FT K iso.).
Morphology General Habit
Shrub 1–2 m tall; young stems, leaves, bracts and calyces whitish-lanate with many-armed stellate hairs up to c. 0.3 mm long
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-blades ovate to orbicular, up to 27–37 x 19–25 mm, with veins branching evenly along midvein, apex obtuse, base shortly attenuate to truncate or cordate; petiole up to 7–11 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers single at upper nodes on peduncles up to c. 3–17 mm long; bracteoles leaf-like, up to 10 x 7 mm with petiole up to c. 3 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx-lobes connate for 1/2–2/3 of their length, oblanceolate with acute apex, up to 22 x 6 mm at flowering, slightly enlarged in fruit
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla white, up to c. 65–74 mm long and 20 mm across; tube cylindrical, 52–56 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anthers 3.7–4.6 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule c. 8–12-seeded, up to 25 x 9 mm, densely pubescent with 0.1–0.15 mm long patent eglandular hairs all over.
Distribution
C1; S2 not known elsewhere.
Ecology
Altitude range 50–300 m.
Note
R. nocturna is night-flowering like R. discifolia, but differs clearly in the calyx-lobes which are broad, oblanceolate and connate.

Native to:

Somalia

Ruellia nocturna Hedrén appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Thulin, M. [7380], Somalia K000393973

First published in Nordic J. Bot. 13: 511 (1993)

Accepted by

  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (2006). Flora of Somalia 3: 1-626. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (2006). Flora of Somalia 3: 1-626. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, (2000) Author: by M. Hedrén [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Somalia
Flora of Somalia
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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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