1. Family: Combretaceae R.Br.
    1. Genus: Combretum Loefl.
      1. Combretum microphyllum Klotzsch

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tanzania to S. Africa.

    [FZ]

    Combretaceae, A. W. Exell. Flora Zambesiaca 4. 1978

    Habit
    A deciduous scandent or ± prostrate shrub; bark grey-brown or creamy-brown; branchlets tomentose when young and usually only tardily glabrescent, often pale.
    Leaves
    Leaves opposite; lamina usually up to c. 4·5 x 4 cm. and subcircular but sometimes up to 11 x 6 cm. and varying from ovate-oblong to obovate-oblong, chartaceous, usually greyish- or fulvous-tomentose when young and retaining some indumentum but sometimes glabrescent, apex usually rounded and often apiculate, base usually subcordate; lateral nerves 5·6 pairs; petiole up to 16 mm. long forming a spine.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences of large leafy or leafless terminal and axillary panicles; rhachis tomentose; bracts c. 2 mm. long, often transitional to small inflorescence-leaves which are in turn transitional to normal foliage.
    Flowers
    Flowers 4-merous, sessile or nearly so, red (due to red petals and stamens).
    Receptacle
    Lower receptacle 3·5–4·5 mm. long, somewhat constricted above and below the ovary, densely greyish- or fulvous-pubescent; upper receptacle 2·5–3·5 x 1·5–3 mm., usually greyish- or silvery-sericeous.
    Calyx
    Sepals up to 0·9 x 1·2 mm.
    Corolla
    Petals red, 2–2·5 x 2 mm., subcircular, usually overlapping and connivent, glabrous.
    Stamens
    Stamen-filaments 10–13 mm. long; 0·9 mm. long.
    Style
    Style 8–10 mm. long.
    Disc
    Disk rather inconspicuous, without a free margin.
    Fruits
    Fruit usually as in C. paniculatum (normally c. 2 x 2 cm.) but occasionally up to c. 5 x 3·3 cm.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Botswana, KwaZulu-Natal, Malawi, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

    Combretum microphyllum Klotzsch appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in W.C.H.Peters, Naturw. Reise Mossambique 6(1): 74 (1861)

    Accepted by

    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
    • Launert, E. (ed.) (1978). Flora Zambesiaca 4: 1-658. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0