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The genus Ehretia (Boraginaceae: Ehretioideae) in southern Africa

E. Retief, A. E. van Wyk
Bothalia | Vol 31, No 1 | a494 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/abc.v31i1.494 | © 2001 E. Retief, A. E. van Wyk | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 15 September 2001 | Published: 17 September 2001

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E. Retief, National Herbarium, National Botanical Institute, South Africa
A. E. van Wyk, H.G.W.J. Schweickerdt Herbarium, Department of Botany, Univer­sity of Pretoria, South Africa

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The genus Ehretia P.Browne in southern Africa is revised. Six species and five subspecies of Ehretia are currently rec­ognized in southern Africa, of which E. alba Retief & A.E.van Wyk, E. namibiensis Retief & A.E.van Wyk subsp. namibi­ensisE. namibiensis subsp.  kaokoensis Retief & A.E.van Wyk,  E. rigida subsp.  silvatica  Retief & A.E.van Wyk and E. rigida subsp. nervifolia Retief & A.E.van Wyk are newly described. The genus is widely distributed in the region and occurs in a variety of habitats, ranging from the forests of the Eastern Cape to the hot, arid, semidesert parts of Namibia. Members of Ehretia in southern Africa are predominantly multistemmed shrubs or small trees. Characters of the leaf, the trichome com­plement, inflorescence and corolla are used to distinguish between the different species. A key to the species, distribution maps and illustrations of various micro- and macromorphological as well as palynological features are provided.


Boraginaceae; <i>Ehretia</i>; Ehretiaceae; key; morphology; palynology; pollen; southern Africa; taxonomy


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