1. Family: Malvaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Melhania Forssk.
      1. Melhania forbesii Planch. ex Mast.

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

    [FZ]

    Sterculiaceae, H. Wild. Flora Zambesiaca 1:2. 1961

    Habit
    Branching shrublet c. 0·6 m. tall, densely covered in all the herbaceous parts with a greyish-tomentellous indumentum intermingled, particularly on the stems, petioles and nerves on the under surface of the leaves, with longer stellate-ferruginous hairs.
    Leaves
    Leaf-lamina up to 11 × 5 cm., oblong, narrowly ovate-oblong or ovate, somewhat discolorous, apex obtuse or rarely acute, margin serrate or crenate, base rounded; petiole up to 2·5 cm. long.
    Flowers
    Flowers yellow, 1–3 together on axillary peduncles up to 9 cm. long; pedicels 0·5–1·5 cm. long, fasciculate.
    Epicalyx
    Epicalyx-bracts 1–1·5 × 0·8–1 cm., very broadly ovate, acute or slightly acuminate at the apex, subcordate at the base, densely greyish-white-tomentose.
    Calyx
    Sepals of 2/3 or equalling the length of the epicalyx, lanceolate-acuminate, tomentose.
    Corolla
    Petals about the same length as the sepals, very broadly obovate.
    Androecium
    Stamens connate for 1–2 mm. below; filaments flattened, 1–2 mm. long; anthers lanceolate, 2–5 mm. long; staminodes c. 7 mm. long, linear or lorate.
    Pistil
    Ovary ovoid, tomentose; style 1–3 mm. long; stigmas linear, recurved.
    Fruits
    Fruit slightly shorter than the sepals, ovoid, tomentose.
    Seeds
    Seeds c. 6 per loculus, c. 2 mm. in diam., dark brown, irregularly compressed; testa smooth or occasionally slightly rugose.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Botswana, Caprivi Strip, KwaZulu-Natal, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe

    Melhania forbesii Planch. ex Mast. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Kirk, J. [s.n.], Mozambique K000241262 Unknown type material
    Forbes [s.n.] K000241225

    First published in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 1: 231 (1868)

    Accepted by

    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Exell, A.W. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1961). Flora Zambesiaca 1(2): 337-581. 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.
    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Exell, A.W. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1961). Flora Zambesiaca 1(2): 337-581. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    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/
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    Plants and People Africa
    Common Names from Plants and People Africa http://www.plantsandpeopleafrica.com/
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