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  1. Family: Rubiaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Pavetta L.
      1. Pavetta radicans Hiern

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

    [FZ]

    Rubiaceae, D.M.Bridson & B.Verdcourt. Flora Zambesiaca 5:3. 2003

    Habit
    Erect or prostrate rhizomatous suffrutex or small shrub, (7.5)15–45(120) cm tall; young branches pubescent; older branches with greyish-brown thin flaking bark.
    Leaves
    Leaves confined to the apical regions of main and short lateral branches, sometimes immature at time of flowering; blades 1.7–6.7 × 0.5–1.8(2.1) cm, oblanceolate, obtuse at the apex, cuneate the base, very sparsely pubescent to pubescent above and beneath; lateral nerves in 3–4 main pairs; domatia absent; bacterial nodules small, dot-like, very few to few, scattered; petiole up to 8 mm long, pubescent; stipules with triangular membranous limbs and usually with a short arista, 1–3 mm long, pubescent outside, with silky hairs absent within.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences few- flowered, laterally compressed, distinctly longer than wide, 0.5–1(1.5) cm wide (excluding corollas); primary inflorescence branches 0–8 mm long; secondary branches present or absent; pedicels 1–8 mm long, pubescent; bracts 2–3 mm long, pubescent; bracteoles brown, papery, small. Inflorescence-supporting branches abbreviated, 0–3.2 cm long, leafless.
    Flowers
    Flowers sweet-scented.
    Calyx
    Calyx pubescent; tube 1 mm long; limb-tube 0.6–1.3 mm long; lobes triangular, 0.5–1(2.5) mm long, 0.5–1 mm wide at base.
    Corolla
    Corolla tube (1.5)1.9–4.5 cm long, 1.5 mm wide at the top, glabrous or sparsely pubescent outside, not bearded at the throat; lobes 6–8 × 1.5–2 mm, lanceolate, obtuse, usually with a short greenish mucro, glabrous or sparsely hairy outside.
    Fruits
    Fruit black, 5–7 mm in diameter glossy, glabrescent, occasionally with the pedicels lengthening to 1.5 m.
    Seeds
    Seeds c. 5 mm wide.
    [FTEA]

    Rubiaceae, B. Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1976

    Habit
    Erect or prostrate rhizomatous suffrutex or small shrub, (7.5–)15–45(–120) cm. tall; young branches pubescent; older branches with greyish-brown thin flaking bark.
    Leaves
    Leaves confined to the apical regions of main and short lateral branches, sometimes immature at time of flowering; blades oblanceolate, 1.7–6.7 cm. long, 0.5–1.8(–2.1) cm. wide, apex obtuse, base cuneate, very sparsely pubescent to pubescent above and beneath; bacterial nodules small, dot-shaped, very few to few, scattered; petiole up to 8 mm. long, pubescent; stipules with triangular membranous limbs and usually with a short arista, 1–3 mm. long, pubescent outside, with silky hairs absent within.
    Flowers
    Flowers sweet-scented; corymbs terminal on abbreviated leafless lateral branches 0–3.2 cm. long, few-flowered, laterally compressed, distinctly longer than wide, 0.5–1 (–1.5) cm. wide; primary inflorescence-branches 0–8 mm. long; secondary branches present or absent; pedicels 1–8 mm. long, pubescent; bracts 2–3 mm. long, pubescent; bracteoles brown, papery, small.
    Calyx
    Calyx pubescent; tube 1 mm. long; limb-tube 0.6–1.3 mm. long; lobes triangular, 0.5–1 (–2.5) mm. long, 0.5–1 mm. wide at base.
    Corolla
    Corolla-tube (1.5–)1.9–4.5 cm. long, 1.5 mm. wide at top, glabrous or sparsely pubescent outside, not bearded at throat; lobes lanceolate, 6–8 mm. long, 1.5–2 mm. wide, obtuse, usually with a short greenish mucro, glabrous or sparsely hairy outside.
    Fruits
    Fruit black, 5–7 mm. in diameter, glossy, glabrescent, occasionally with the pedicels lengthening to 1.5 cm.
    Seeds
    Seeds ± 5 mm. wide.
    Figures
    Fig. 113.
    Habitat
    Brachystegia woodland, sometimes on rocky scarps; 1650–1830 m.
    Distribution
    T4 T7

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Pavetta radicans Hiern appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Milne-Redhead, E. [3208], Zambia 4713.000
    Welwitsch [3184], Angola K000412000
    Cecil, E. [124], Zimbabwe K000412001 Unknown type material

    Bibliography

    First published in Cat. Afr. Pl. 1: 487 (1898)

    Accepted by

    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • 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

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Bridson in Kew Bulletin 32: 640 (1978).
    • F. White, Forest Flora of Northern Rhodesia p. 416 (1962).
    • Bremek. in F. Fedde, Repertorium Speciorum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis 37: 173 (1934).
    • Hiern, Cat. Afr. Pl. Welw. 1(2): 487 (1898).

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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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/
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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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