1. Family: Brassicaceae Burnett
    1. Genus: Rorippa Scop.
      1. Rorippa cryptantha (A.Rich.) Robyns & Boutique

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia to Angola.

    [FZ]

    Cruciferae, A. W. Exell. Flora Zambesiaca 1:1. 1960

    Habit
    An annual semi-aquatic herb with radiating, prostrate-ascending, glabrous stems up to about 40 cm. long.
    Leaves
    Leaves up to about 10 x 5 cm., pinnatipartite, glabrous, lobes often irregularly incised or coarsely toothed.
    Flowers
    Flowers pale yellow, solitary in the axils of the leaves or reduced leaves.
    Calyx
    Sepals 2 x 0.7 mm., oblong-elliptic, glabrous.
    Corolla
    Petals 1.5 x 0.6 mm., obovate.
    Stamens
    Stamens 6, 1.5–1.8 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Silique up to 12 x 3 mm., shortly pedicellate, pedicel 1.5–2 mm. long, cylindric-ellipsoid, slightly broader at the base, glabrous, persistent style less than 1 mm. long.
    Seeds
    Seeds 2-seriate, 0.8 mm. in diam., subspherical, slightly flattened, glabrous.
    [FTEA]

    Cruciferae, Bengt Jonsell (University of Stockholm). Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1982

    Habit
    Annual herb with a taproot, nearly glabrous to ± densely covered by fine appressed hairs.
    Stem
    Stems 1-several, prostrate to ascending, and often rather thick and furrowed, 10–50 cm. high, branched.
    Leaves
    Basal leaves bipinnate in a rather evanescent rosette; cauline leaves petiolate, pinnatisect to bipinnate, 2–10 cm. long, oblong in outline; leaflets in 3–8 pairs, sessile, up to 1.5 cm. long, elliptic in outline, irregularly incised to almost pinnate; terminal leaflet not larger than laterals.
    Inflorescences
    Racemes terminal and axillary, bracteate, with numerous greenish flowers, in fruit lax, up to ± 30 cm. long; bracts pinnate, 0.5–3 cm. long, concealing the flowers and usually subtending even the ripe siliquae; pedicels ascending, 1–2 mm. long.
    Calyx
    Sepals green, narrowly elliptic, 1.7–2.5 mm. long, mostly hairy.
    Corolla
    Petals pale yellow, spathulate, ± 1.5 mm. long.
    Anthers
    Anthers 0.5–0.7 mm. long.
    Pistil
    Ovary ellipsoid, with a very short style and flat stigma.
    Fruits
    Siliqua linear to oblong, 5–14 mm. long, 1.3–3 mm. broad; style 0.3–1 mm. long, ± 0.5 mm. broad.
    Seeds
    Seeds yellowish brown, nearly orbicular in outline, 0.7–1 mm. long, finely foveolate.
    Figures
    Fig. 18/2.
    Habitat
    Muddy places at pools and along streams and rivers; 1800–2300 m.
    Distribution
    K3 T1 T2 U2

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre

    Rorippa cryptantha (A.Rich.) Robyns & Boutique appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1974 Baum, H. [129], Angola K000230688 isotype

    First published in Fl. Congo Belge 2: 533 (1951)

    Accepted by

    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Edwards, S., Tadesse, M., Demissew, S. & Hedberg, I. (eds.) (2000). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 2(1): 1-532. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
    • Jonsell, B. (1982). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Cruciferae: 1-73.
    • Exell, A.W. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1960). Flora Zambesiaca 1(1): 1-336. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Edwards, S., Tadesse, M., Demissew, S. & Hedberg, I. (eds.) (2000). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 2(1): 1-532. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
    • Jonsell, B. (1982). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Cruciferae: 1-73.
    • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1978). Flora du Rwanda 1: 1-413. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.
    • Exell, A.W. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1960). Flora Zambesiaca 1(1): 1-336. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Robyns, W. & al. (eds.) (1948-1963). Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi 1-10.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Agnew & Stewart in A.D.Q. Agnew, Upland Kenya Wild Flowers p. 99 (1974).
    • Jonsell in Sv. Bot. Tidskr. 68: 379, fig. 2/A-B, 3/4A (1974).
    • Exell in Flora Zambesiaca 1: 182 (1960).
    • Tisserant in Not. Syst., Paris 15: 183 (1956).
    • Robyns & Boutique in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 2: 533 (1951).

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    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/
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