A big plant from
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 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 50 centimetres in diameter and 2,5 meters 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.