Odyssea mucronata, Sesbania sericea, and Sesamum alatum- new discoveries for the flora of Saudi Arabia

Yahya Masrahi, Arwa Al-Huqail, Turki Al-Turki, Jacob Thomas

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Abstract

During field studies in sand dune areas and some habitats close to wetland ecosystems of the Tihama region of Jazan Province in south-western Saudi Arabia, specimens of 3 interesting species belonging to the genera Odyssea (Poaceae), Sesbania (Papilionaceae), and Sesamum (Pedaliaceae) were collected; they were identified as Odyssea mucronata (Forssk.) Stapf, Sesbania sericea (Willd.) Link., and Sesamum alatum Thonn. A review of the literature revealed that these tropical African taxa were never before recorded for the flora of Saudi Arabia. O. mucronata is represented by a relatively large isolated population. The other 2, S. sericea and S. alatum-components of a semi wetland ecosystem and sandy areas, respectively-are represented in the Arabian Peninsula by 2 relict populations. Morphology, habitat descriptions, illustrations, and taxonomic commentary of all 3 taxa are presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-48
Number of pages10
JournalTurkish Journal of Botany
Volume36
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2012

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Keywords

  • Jazan province
  • Odyssea
  • Saudi arabia
  • Sesamum
  • Sesbania
  • Somalia-masai region
  • Tihama region

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Odyssea mucronata, Sesbania sericea, and Sesamum alatum- new discoveries for the flora of Saudi Arabia. / Masrahi, Yahya; Al-Huqail, Arwa; Al-Turki, Turki; Thomas, Jacob.

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