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

[FZ]

Amaranthaceae, C. C. Townsend. Flora Zambesiaca 9:1. 1988

Morphology General Habit
Plant much-branched, rounded and rather bushy, probably a perennial flowering in the first year, 0.4–1 m. tall; stem and branches slender and wiry, terete, young parts green and somewhat floccose to sublanate at least when young (usually soon glabrescent), older cortex brownish-yellow and the base frequently purplish.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves linear-acicular, subterete, 6–32 × 0.5–1 mm., mucronate, glabrous or more rarely somewhat floccose, straight or somewhat recurved, usually with axillary short shoots or leaf-fascicles and tufts of floccose hairs.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence much elongating at maturity (up to c. 25 cm. but commonly less), the axis glabrous to floccose; partial inflorescences finally distant (to c. 1 cm. apart), of a single central fertile flower with a modified sterile flower on each side, the lateral brushes of hairs brown to whitish.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts ovate-lanceolate, 4 –; 5 mm. long, scarious, glabrous and more or less floccose along the green, slightly excurrent midrib, more or less patent after fruit-fall.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracteoles
Bracteoles of partial inflorescence 4–5 mm. long, deltoid-ovate, finally deeply concave with the midrib bent at c. 90 degrees to accommodate the sterile modified flowers when mature, glabrous to slightly floccose, shortly mucronate with the excurrent midrib.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white to dull yellow or greenish.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Tepal
Tepals all narrowly lanceolate, tapering from base to apex and straight-sided, of similar length (c. 8–10 mm. long) but the inner progressively narrower, hyaline-margined, the firm portion 3-nerved with the lateral pair of nerves evanescent but the midrib excurrent in a short but sharp and rigid, straight arista, all more or less floccose with frequently longer fine hairs intermixed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary subglobular or obovoid, c. 2.25–2.5 mm. long, with a densely lanate apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens c. 6–7 mm. long at anthesis, finally subequalling the perianth, white or pinkish; anthers very long and narrow, c. 4 mm. long, exceeding the filaments at anthesis.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits Infructescences
Fruiting partial inflorescence forming a fluffy ball c. 1.5–2 cm. in diam.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit oblong-ovoid, c. 3.25–3.5 mm. long, densely lanate in the upper half or rather more; seed 3–3.25 mm. in diam., brown, smooth and shining.

Native to:

Botswana, Cape Provinces, Free State, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Zimbabwe

Sericorema remotiflora (Hook.) Lopr. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Burke [185], South Africa K000243579 Unknown type material

First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 27: 40 (1899)

Accepted by

  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Launert, E. (ed.) (1988). Flora Zambesiaca 9(1): 1-179. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Launert, E. (ed.) (1988). Flora Zambesiaca 9(1): 1-179. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora Zambesiaca
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