John Jacob Lavranos,
This member of the Moraceae
family was described by John Jacob Lavranos
in 1972. It is only found in a small area in Somalia, growing in
pure gypsum, kind of open clay, with some water and lots of sun. It will receive little
water in winter, and the branches might dry out. The stem will grow
up to fifteen centimetres in diameter and fifteen to 120 centimetres
high. The flowers
are light brown, and seeds are the only way of reproducing.
The genera is named after
Theodor Dorsten, 16th century German botanist and medical
professor at Marburg. The species name from the Greek gypsos;
'gypsum' and philos; 'loving', referring to the chalk- or
lime-loving nature of most species.