1. Family: Capparaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Ritchiea R.Br. ex G.Don
      1. Ritchiea gossweileri Exell & Mendonça

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Angola to W. Zambia.

    [FZ]

    Capparidaceae, H. Wild. Flora Zambesiaca 1:1. 1960

    Habit
    Slender-stemmed woody climber up to 3 m. tall with densely lenticellate, glabrous branches.
    Leaves
    Leaves 3-foliolate; leaflets 6–9 x 2.5–3.5 cm., elliptic, apiculate-acuminate at the apex, acute at the base, glabrous on both sides, midrib prominent below, nerves 5–7, rather prominent above, more so below; petiole slender, up to 5 cm. long; petiolules c. 3 mm. long.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence of axillary racemes with 3–6 flowers; pedicels 2.5–3 cm. long, glabrous; basal bracteoles minute, c. 1 mm. long, subulate.
    Calyx
    Sepals 3.0 x 0.7–0.9 cm., narrowly and sometimes obliquely lanceolate, apex acuminate, margin minutely pubescent.
    Corolla
    Petals 4, greenish-yellow, up to 3.0 x 0.2 cm., narrowly linear-lanceolate.
    Stamens
    Stamens numerous; filaments up to 2.5 cm. long, glabrous; anthers 4 x 0.8 mm., arcuate, linear.
    Ovary
    Ovary 5 x 1.2 mm. on a glabrous gynophore up to 2.5 cm. long, narrowly ellipsoid, glabrous.
    Fruits
    Fruit up to 4 x 1.0 cm. (? not quite mature), green and glossy, narrowly ellipsoid, papillose-verrucose, narrowed to a blunt apex, 4-valved.
    Seeds
    Seeds c. 5 mm. in diam., subglobose, embedded in a somewhat fleshy pulp.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Zambia

    Ritchiea gossweileri Exell & Mendonça appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Bol. Soc. Brot., sér. 2, 25: 102 (1951)

    Accepted by

    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Exell, A.W. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1960). Flora Zambesiaca 1(1): 1-336. 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.
    • Exell, A.W. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1960). Flora Zambesiaca 1(1): 1-336. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. 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 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0