African Plant Database

Dracaena ombet Heuglin ex Kotschy & Peyr.
Family : Dracaenaceae
Protologue : Pl. Tinn. (Kotschy) 46 (1867)
Information on the genus : Dracaena
Status for NA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Draco ombet (Heuglin ex Kotschy & Peyr.) Kuntze
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Dracaena rhabdophylla Chiov. (1951)
=Draco schizantha (Baker) Kuntze
=Dracaena schizantha Baker (1877)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Tree 2-8 m tall with forked trunk to 40 cm Ø; crown umbrella-shaped; leaves in dense rosettes at ends of branches, linear, 40-60x3 cm, base wide, tip acute, rounded on the back in lower half, keeled in upper part; panicle to 50 cm long, much branched, glabrous or pubescent; tepals whitish, 4-6 mm long, linear; berry orange, globose, 1-1,2 cm Ø, edible.
Ecology : Woodland; usually on limestone; N-facing escarpments; granitic outcrops; Acacia, Commiphora bushland; evergreen bushland dominated by Buxus, Acokanthera; once forming zones in Sudan, now almost extinct; 1000-2040 m alt.
  “The number of trees in Gebel Elba as well as in the Red Sea hills, Sudan, has much decreased during the last 50 years”

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Darbyshire, I. Kordofami, M. & al. (2015). The plants of Sudan and south Sudan, An annoted checklist. Kew Publishing

Bibliography for North Africa :
  • BOULOS, L. (1995). Flora of Egypt. Checklist.
  • Fl. Egypt (Boulos) 4: 83 (2005).

Bibliography other :
  • Comparative leaf micromorphology and anatomy of the dragon tree group of Dracaena (Asparagaceae) and their taxonomic implications 304: 1041 (2018)
More info on :
see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under The International Plant Name Index
see under Herbarium, North Africa MPU
carte afrique num 14326
Record n°14326 modified 2008-07-02
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