of female flower with seeds by Emilio Begine.
Photo of the leaves by Emilio Begine.
Photo of a group by Emilio Begine.
This member of the Moraceae
family was discovered by John Lavrence in 1973, and was in many
years known as "Dorstenia sp. Taba'a Gorge". In 2008, it was
described and given it's name in Cactus and Succulent Journal (March
2008) by Tom Mccoy and Mike Massara.
It is only found in the
steep Taba'a Gorge of Northern Somalia, growing in moss-filled
cracks on steep limestone. It receives only little water and not
much sun. This is the only known dioecious Dorstenia (The
plant is either male or female). As with other Dorstenias,
it is not true flowers, but Male: Hypanthodias and female:
Reeceptacles, both green. The slender plant will grow to 15
centimetres or more.
genera is named after Theodor Dorsten, 16th century German botanist
and medical professor at Marburg. The species name after John J.
Lavranos, 1926-, a Greek broker and botanist.