African Plant Database

Obetia tenax (N.E. Br.) Friis
Protologue : Kew Bull. 38(2): 226 (1983)
Information on the genus : Obetia
Basionym : Urera tenax N.E. Br.
Status for SA : accepted (present)
Status for TA : accepted (present)
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Urera tenax N.E. Br. (1888)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Shrub or tree, branched, deciduous, 2-7 m tall, presumably dioecious; branches bronzy brown or pinkish brown, smoth; numerous stinging hairs on younger branches, petioles and lower surface of leaves; inflorescences unisexual, in the axis of fallen leaves.
Ecology : Rocky ravines in deciduous bushland; very frequently on granite outcrops.
  1000-1400 m alt. In habit very similar to O. carruthersiana, and perhaps no more than a subspecies of the latter, but with subcordate or truncate leaves and stipules to 7 x 2,5 mm (not leaves cordate and stipules to 12 x 6 mm).
  S. Africa, Botswana (full map, Kew Bull. 38: 227, 1983; Friis & Immelman in Fl. S. Afr. 9, Urticaceae: 9, 2001).
South. Afr.
Biol./Eco : biology: perennial -Tree, Shrub - Ht 2 - 7 m. Alt: 15 - 1830 m. Distribution: BOT, EC, GA, KN, LP, MP, NW, SWZ

Bibliography for Southern Africa :
  • List South. African Succ. Pl. : 156 (1997).
  • Fl. S. Africa 9: 9-10 (2001).
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