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  1. Family: Myrtaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Heteropyxis Harv.
      1. Heteropyxis dehniae Suess.

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

    [FZ]

    Heteropyxidaceae, A. Fernandes. Flora Zambesiaca 4. 1978

    Habit
    Tree up to 20 m. tall, with pale bark and pendent foliage, the leaves, young shoots and inflorescences dotted with oil-cavities.
    Leaves
    Leaf-lamina (3–5)6–14 x (1)2–4 cm., usually broadly lanceolate, sometimes ovate, attenuate at the base into a canali-culate petiole to 1·5–2·5 cm. long and at the apex into an acute tip, membranous to chartaceous, dull green and shining above, light green below, ± patent-pubescent on both surfaces when young, becoming almost glabrous when old; midrib grooved above, very prominent beneath, lateral nerves 2–10 on each side, prominent below, reticulation close and very conspicuous, usually with a gland dot in each mesh.
    Inflorescences
    Cymes paniculate, the male panicles larger than the female; rhachis of the inflorescence and pedicels usually densely ± patent-pubescent; bracteoles minute, up to 1·5 mm. long, pilose; pedicels c. 2 mm. long.
    Male
    Male flower: receptacle c. 2 x 2·5 mm., ± appressed-pilose and gland-dotted outside; calyx-lobes c. 1 x 1 mm., irregularly semi-circular, gland-dotted; petals 2 x 2 mm., subcircular, very slightly unguiculate, reticulately nerved and gland-dotted; stamens (5–6)7–8(9–10), inserted near the margin of the disk; filaments 2·5–3 mm. long; anthers c. 1 mm. long, the connective with 1–3 glands on the back; disk c. 1 mm. broad, usually densely pubescent; pistillode turbinate, c. 1 x 1 mm., ± wrinkled, gland-dotted and ± pilose; style very short, with a capitate stigma.
    Flowers
    Female flower: perianth as in male; staminodes similar to the stamens but very small (c. 1 mm. long); ovary 3·2 x 1·5 mm., ovoid, gland-dotted and sometimes pilose; style up to 2·5 mm. long, glabrous or patent-pilose; stigma capitate, papillose, reddish. Male flower: receptacle c. 2 x 2·5 mm., ± appressed-pilose and gland-dotted outside; calyx-lobes c. 1 x 1 mm., irregularly semi-circular, gland-dotted; petals 2 x 2 mm., subcircular, very slightly unguiculate, reticulately nerved and gland-dotted; stamens (5–6)7–8(9–10), inserted near the margin of the disk; filaments 2·5–3 mm. long; anthers c. 1 mm. long, the connective with 1–3 glands on the back; disk c. 1 mm. broad, usually densely pubescent; pistillode turbinate, c. 1 x 1 mm., ± wrinkled, gland-dotted and ± pilose; style very short, with a capitate stigma.
    Female
    Female flower: perianth as in male; staminodes similar to the stamens but very small (c. 1 mm. long); ovary 3·2 x 1·5 mm., ovoid, gland-dotted and sometimes pilose; style up to 2·5 mm. long, glabrous or patent-pilose; stigma capitate, papillose, reddish.
    Fruits
    Capsule 3–4 x 2–2·5 mm., ellipsoid, loculicidal, 2(3)-valved, gland-dotted, sometimes pubescent.
    Seeds
    Seeds slightly curved, the outer ones longer and narrower, 2–3 x 0·5 mm., winged at both ends.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Zimbabwe

    Other Data

    Heteropyxis dehniae Suess. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jul 1, 1970 Eyles, F. [60], Zimbabwe K000315072
    Jun 30, 1970 Miller, O.B. [2029], Zimbabwe K000315069
    Chase, N.C. [6791], Zimbabwe K000315074
    Chapman, J.D. [8386], Malawi K000315063
    Carter [2155], Zimbabwe K000315064
    Wild, H. [2453], Zimbabwe K000315068
    Goldsmith, B. [6/66], Zimbabwe K000315073
    West, O. [6304], Zimbabwe K000315071
    Pope, G. [975], Zimbabwe K000315067
    Rutherford-Smith, R.O.B. [497], Zimbabwe K000315070
    Jansen, P.C.M. [103], Mozambique K000315066
    Corrcia, M.F. [594], Mozambique K000315065

    Bibliography

    First published in Trans. Rhodesia Sci. Assoc. 43: 27 (1951)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R., Sobral, N., Ashton, P., Barrie, F., Holst, B.K., Landrum, L.L., Matsumoto, K., Fernanda Mazine, F., Nic Lughadha, E., Proença, C. & al. (2008). World Checklist of Myrtaceae: 1-455. Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the 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.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. 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 2020. 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