1. Family: Meliaceae Juss.
    1. Lovoa Harms

      1. This genus is accepted, and is native to Africa..

    [FTEA]

    Meliaceae, Styles & F. White (Department of Plant Sciences, University of Oxford). Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1991

    Habit
    Large trees
    Leaves
    Leaves paripinnate
    Flowers
    Flowers 4-merous, unisexual (plants monoecious) in large panicles
    Calyx
    Calyx lobed almost to the base; lobes 2 + 2, imbricate
    Corolla
    Petals 4, free, imbricate
    Stamens
    Staminal tube cup-shaped or shortly cylindrical, the margin entire or with paired deltate-acuminate appendages alternating with the 8 anthers
    Disc
    Disk broadly cushion-shaped, enveloping the base of the ovary or pistillode, but free from the staminal tube
    Pistil
    Ovary 4-locular, each locule with 4–6(–8) ovules; style-head discoid or capitate, obscurely 4-lobed
    Fruits
    Fruit a pendulous, elongate, tetragonal or ellipsoid, thinly woody, septifragal capsule, dehiscing from the apex or from the apex and base simultaneously, the valves thinly woody; columella softly woody, extending to the apex of the capsule, 4-ridged, each ridge shallowly indented with the imprints of 1–2 seeds
    Seeds
    Seeds ± 2 per locule, attached to the distal part of the columella by the wing-end, leaving inconspicuous scars on falling, the body of the seed hanging towards the apex of the capsule.
    [FZ]

    Meliaceae, F. White & B. T. Styles. Flora Zambesiaca 2:1. 1963

    Habit
    Large trees.
    Leaves
    Leaves paripinnate; leaflets entire.
    Flowers
    Flowers monoecious, borne in large panicles.
    Calyx
    Calyx lobed almost to the base; lobes 2+2, imbricate, the outer larger than the inner.
    Corolla
    Petals 4, free, much longer than the calyx in bud, imbricate.
    Stamens
    Staminal tube shortly cylindric or cup-shaped, margin entire or with very short broad teeth or with paired deltate-acuminate appendages alternating with the anthers; anthers 8.
    Disc
    Disk short, broad, cushion-shaped, enveloping the base of the ovary, but free from the staminal tube.
    Pistil
    Ovary 4-locular, each loculus with 2 rows of 2 ovules; style short; style-head capitate, obscurely 4-lobed.
    Fruits
    Fruit a pendulous elongate tetragonal woody septifragal capsule, dehiscing from the apex or from the apex and base simultaneously; columella extending to the apex of the capsule, 4-ridged, softly woody, each face slightly indented with the imprints of 1–2 seeds.
    Seeds
    Seeds 2 (4) per loculus, but only 1–2 fertile, attached to the apex of the columella by the winged end of the seed and leaving inconspicuous scars on falling.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Cabinda, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Lovoa Harms appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in H.G.A.Engler & K.A.E.Prantl, Nat. Pflanzenfam. 3(4): 307 (1896)

    Literature

    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    • E. & P. Pflanzenfam 19B, 1: 74 (1940).
    • in Engl. Bot. Jahrb. 23: 164 (1896)
    Flora Zambesiaca
    • in Engl., Bot. Jahrb. 23: 164 (1896).
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Pennington & Styles in Blumea 22: 523 (1975)
    • in E.J. 23: 164 (1896)

    Sources

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

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    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