African Plant Database

Halophila ovalis (R. Br.) Hook. f.
Protologue : Fl. Tasman. 2: 45 (1858)
Information on the genus : Halophila
Basionym : Caulinia ovalis R. Br.
Status for MA : accepted (present)
Status for NA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Halophila ovalis (R. Br.) Hook. f. subsp. ovalis (1858)
 Caulinia ovalis R. Br. (1810)
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Halophila madagascariensis Steud.
=*Halophila ovata Gaudich. (1827)
=Barkania punctata Ehrenb.
Taxon infra-specific
Halophila ovalis (R. Br.) Hook. f. subsp. ovalis (1858)
Halophila ovalis subsp. linearis (Hartog) Hartog
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Perennial dioecious herb; rhizome narrowly terete, often dichotomously branched
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Ecology : Fine mud to coarse coral rubble; from mid-tidal level to 12 m depth; shallow sandy or silty areas subject to slight to moderate wave action.
  With a wide range of variation; 4 subspecies recognized, 2 of which in Africa: from the Red Sea (Egypt) to Madagascar, W. Pacific regions. Subsp. bullosa (Setch.) Hartog in the SW Pacific; - subsp. ramamurthiana K. Ravik. & R. Ganesan in SE India.
  Recently reported from the Tropical Atlantic Ocean: Antigue in The Caribbean West Indies

Bibliography for North Africa :
  • BOULOS, L. (1995). Flora of Egypt. Checklist.
  • Fl. Egypt (Boulos) 3: 6 (2002).
More info on :
see under Jstor_African Plant Initiative
see under The Euro-Mediterranean Plant Base
see under Catalogue de Madagascar
see under Missouri Botanical Garden
see under Herbarium, North Africa MPU
carte afrique num 160550
Record n°160550
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