Three new Malvaceae species to the flora of the United Arab Emirates

Publication Source: 
International Journal of Biodiversity and Species Research
Publication type: 
Scientific Paper
Volume/Chapter/Issue: 
1
Page Number: 
39-44
Year: 
2016
ISBN: 
MS ID: IJBSR 1.1.32.2016
Authors: 
Mohammad Shahid and N.K. Rao
Abstract: 

In the United Arab Emirates (UAE), 7 species of the family Malvaceae have been described in the literature earlier. Here we reported three more species of the family that were found in different parts of the country. Gossypium herbaceum, a wild relative of cotton, was observed at 2 places in the emirate of Abu Dhabi.Hibiscus trionum,commonly known as flower-of-an-hour, was recorded on a roadside in Ajman, while Sida spinosa, a weedy plant, was noted ata farminthe mountainous region of Ras al Khaimah. The three taxa represent 30% of the Malvaceae species recorded in the UAE, which now stands at 10.