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  1. Family: Apocynaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Acokanthera G.Don
      1. Acokanthera laevigata Kupicha

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania to N. Malawi.

    [FTEA]

    Apocynaceae, E.A. Omino. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2002

    Habit
    Tree 5–12 m high with white sticky latex; bark pale brown, fissured; slash pale yellow, fibrous, wood white; branches glabrous; branchlets glabrous or puberulous.
    Leaves
    Leaves petiolate; petiole 5–6 mm long, glabrous or puberulous; blade elliptic, 4–13 cm long, 3.5–7.3 cm wide, cuneate or rounded at the base, obtuse to rounded or acute at the apex with a hard mucro, rarely emarginate, glabrous to puberulous especially on midrib beneath.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence of contracted axillary cymes; sepals ovate, 2.5–3.5 mm long, apiculate, ciliate otherwise glabrous.
    Flowers
    Corolla tube pink, 9.5–11 mm long, sparsely pubescent outside, pubescent in the upper half inside; lobes white, ovate-cuspidate, 3–4 mm long, glabrous, densely hairy at the base and mouth of the tube, ciliate; stamens just visible at anthesis; anthers 1 mm long, apiculate at the apex, apiculus 0.6–0.7 mm long; pistil 9–10 mm long.
    Fruits
    Fruit ovoid, 2.5–3 cm long, up to 2.5 cm in diameter.
    Habitat
    Wooded grassland, clumped tree grassland; 1–2000 m
    Distribution
    T6 T7
    [FZ]

    Apocynaceae, A. J. M. Leeuwenberg and F. K. Kupicha et al.. Flora Zambesiaca 7:2. 1985

    Habit
    Shrub (in Malawi) or tree up to 12 m. high, with white wood.
    Branches
    Young branches glabrous, compressed with finely striate surface or sometimes strongly ribbed.
    Leaves
    Leaves coriaceous, glabrous, smooth, drying ± concolorous brown or green; petiole 3-10 mm, long; lamina 5·5–12·25 x 3·25–6·7 cm., ovate or ovate-elliptic, with apex obtuse or acute and base rounded or cuneate; upper surface glossy, with midrib impressed and lateral veins level or faintly raised or impressed, inconspicuous; lower surface mat, with midrib raised and lateral veins level or faintly raised; lateral veins looped to join their neighbours.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences contracted axillary cymes; flowers white, fragrant.
    Calyx
    Calyx 2·5–3·5 mm. long, lobes ovate-acuminate, sparsely pilose, ciliate.
    Corolla
    Corolla tube c. 10 mm. long, the outer surface very sparsely and minutely pubescent, the inner surface pilose in the upper half, wrinkled below; corolla lobes c. 3 mm. long, broadly ovate-cuspidate, glabrous on both surfaces, ciliate.
    Stamens
    Stamens inserted at the top of the corolla tube so that the anther tips are just visible at anthesis; anthers c. 1·3 mm. long.
    Ovary
    Ovary c. 1 mm. long, ellipsoid.
    Fruits
    Fruit 2·5–3·2 x 2–2·5 cm. (dried), 2-seeded, ovoid.
    Seeds
    Seeds c. 8·5 x 7·5 mm.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Malawi, Tanzania

    Other Data

    Acokanthera laevigata Kupicha appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jones, P. [H9/36], Tanzania K000233518 holotype

    Bibliography

    First published in Kew Bull. 37: 58 (1982)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 1-529. MIM, Deurne.

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Kupicha in Flora Zambesiaca 7, 2: 406 (1985).
    • Kupicha in Kew Bulletin 37, 1: 58 (1982)

    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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