1. Family: Sapindaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Allophylus L.
      1. Allophylus abyssinicus (Hochst.) Radlk.

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


    Sapindaceae, A. W. Exell. Flora Zambesiaca 2:2. 1966

    Tree up to 20 m. tall; wood hard, white, brittle; bark smooth, greyish-green; branchlets minutely tomentellous, eventually glabrescent.
    Leaves 3-foliolate; petiole 2–9 cm. long, minutely tomentellous; leaflets subequal or the terminal one up to nearly twice as long as the lateral ones; petiolules 2–9 mm. long; lamina of terminal leaflet 4·5–14 × 2–6 cm., elliptic, chartaceous, minutely tomentellous (sometimes subsericeous) on both surfaces when young and soon glabrescent, minutely glandular beneath, apex acute and slightly acuminate, margin rather shallowly and often irregularly (sometimes doubly) serrate or dentate, base cuneate and sometimes slightly narrowed; lateral nerves 8–10 pairs, often with tufts of hairs in their axils beneath.
    Inflorescence up to 8 cm. long (in our area), 1–2-branched, minutely tomentellous.
    Flowers in few-flowered subsessile glomerules, pedicels up to 1 mm. long, minutely tomentellous.
    Outer sepals 1·5 × 1·5 mm., subcircular, minutely pubescent, inner 1·5 × 1 mm., elliptic, minutely pubescent.
    Petals 1 × 0·7 mm., spathulate.
    Stamens with filaments 1 mm. long in male flowers; staminodes with filaments 0·5 mm. long in female flowers.
    Style 1·5 mm. long, usually 3-fid.
    Fruit (not seen from our area) 6–8 × 6 mm., obovoid-globose, sparsely pubescent, with 1 or 2 cocci developing.

    Sapindaceae, Davies & B. Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1998

    Medium to fairly large tree, rarely shrubby, (4.5–)6–21(–25) m. tall and with slender bole 30–90 cm. diameter, sometimes slightly buttressed at the base (e.g. in Chyulu Hills); crown dark green, open to dense, irregular or rounded; bark grey or greyish white, smooth or slightly rough or granular, sometimes peeling in small to large flakes; slash pale brownish pink or pale orange darkening to reddish brown and smelling of pepper, also described ( Ede 1,T7) as off-white with pinky brown green-edged lines; sapwood white; young branches minutely ferruginous tomentellous and densely lenticellate.
    Leaves trifoliolate, drying dull and dark above, thinly coriaceous; petiole 2.5–10.5 mm. long, minutely tomentellous or less often more distinctly pubescent; leaflets elliptic to obovate, (2.8–)5.5–21 cm. long, (1.2–)3–11 cm. wide, acute to acuminate at the apex, attenuate to cuneate at the base, shallowly crenulate to toothed, adpressed velvety pilose when very young, later glabrescent or glabrous to minutely puberulous, less often pubescent; tufts of hairs in axils of nerves and veins usually conspicuous beneath.
    Inflorescences 5–22 cm. long, with 2–10 branches, some again branched, usually finely tomentose; cymules subsessile; pedicels 1–3 mm. long.
    Flowers said to be lily-scented or scentless; outer sepals elliptic, 1.2–1.5 mm. long, 1 mm. wide, puberulous, inner elliptic to round, 1.5–2 mm. long, 1.5 mm. wide; petals dirty white or yellowish, 1.5 mm. long, 1 mm. wide.
    Filaments 2–3 mm. long, glabrous.
    Style 2–3 mm. long, ± glabrous; stigma 1–1.5 mm. long.
    Fruit red or orange, subglobose, oblong or elliptic, 6–8 mm. long and wide, with very sparse hairs.
    Seed ellipsoid, 5–5.5 mm. long, 5.5–6 mm. wide.
    Rain-forest, montane forest edges, evergreen thicket, woodland, sometimes riparian; (650–)1050–2550(–?2850) m.
    K1 K3 K4 K5 K6 T2 T3 T6 T7 U1 U2 U3 U4



    Native to:

    Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Allophylus abyssinicus (Hochst.) Radlk. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Schimper [377], Ethiopia K000426156

    First published in H.G.A.Engler & K.A.E.Prantl, Nat. Pflanzenfam. 3(5): 313 (1895)

    Accepted by

    • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Kalema, J. & Beentje, H. (2012). Conservation checklist of the trees of Uganda: 1-235. Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Fischer, E., Rembold, K., Althof, A. & Obholzer, J. (2010). Annotated checklist of the vascular plants of Kakamega forest, Western province, Kenya Journal of East African Natural History 99: 129-226.
    • Davies, F.G. & Verdcourt, B. (1998). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Dodonaea: 1-108.
    • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 529. MIM, Deurne.
    • Hedberg, I. & Edwards, S. (eds.) (1989 publ. 1990). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 3: 1-659. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
    • Exell, A.W., Fernandes, A. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1966). Flora Zambesiaca 2(2): 353-653. 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
    • Beentje, Kenya Trees, Shrubs and Lianas p. 412, map (1994).
    • Vollesen in Fl. Ethiopia 3: 499, fig. 125.7 (1990).
    • Troupin, Fl. Rwanda 2: 298 (1983).
    • Hamilton, Field Guide Uganda For. Trees: 97 (1981).
    • Exell in Flora Zambesiaca 2: 498 (1966).
    • F. White, Forest Flora of Northern Rhodesia p. 223 (1962).
    • Dale & Greenway, Kenya Trees and Shrubs p. 504 (1961).
    • Hauman in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 9: 303 (1960).
    • Wimbush, Cat. Kenya Timbers, ed. 2: 28 (1957).
    • W.J. Eggeling, Indigenous Trees of the Uganda Protectorate, ed. 2: 375 (1952).
    • J.P.M. Brenan, Check-lists of the Forest Trees and Shrubs of the British Empire no. 5, part II, Tanganyika Territory p. 554 (1949).
    • Robyns, Flore des Spermatophytes du Parc National Albert 1: 517 (1948).
    • Radlk. in A. Engler, Das Pflanzenreich IV, 165: 534 (1932).
    • Baker f. in Journal of Botany 57: 186 (1919).
    • Gilg in Wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse der Deutschen Zentral-Afrika-Expedition 1907-1908, 2 (Botanik) p. 476 (1912).
    • Radlk. in Sitz. Akad. Wiss. München 38: 223 (1909).
    • Radlk. in A. Engler & K. Prantl, Die Natürlichen Pflanzenfamilien III, 5: 313 (1895)


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