1. Family: Meliaceae Juss.
    1. Pseudobersama Verdc.

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

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Trees.
    Leaves
    Leaves imparipinnate, alternate, leaflets entire.
    Flowers
    Flowers unisexual, apparently dioecious but with well-developed vestiges of the opposite sex, borne in compound cymes.
    Calyx
    Calyx cupuliform with 5 teeth, aestivation open.
    Corolla
    Petals 5, free, imbricate.
    Stamens
    Stamens 11–12; filaments connate at the base from 1/3–2/3 of their length; anthers puberulous, dorsifixed.
    Disc
    Disk annular, crenulate, fused to the base of the ovary or pistillode.
    Staminodes
    Staminodes 12, filaments connate; antherodes hirsute, indehiscent, not producing pollen.
    Pistil
    Ovary with (4) 5 loculi, ovoid-globose, densely hirsute, narrowed into the short style; stigma capitate, slightly 4–5-lobed; loculi 5, each with 2 ovules. Pistillode conical at base, cylindric, distally hirsute, with 3 loculi, sometimes with vestigial ovules.
    Fruits
    Fruit a loculicidal capsule with 4–5 thick woody valves bearing branched antler-like appendages outside.
    Seeds
    Seed partly covered by a bright red aril.
    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Trees
    Leaves
    Leaves imparipinnate, alternate; leaflets entire
    Flowers
    Flowers unisexual (plant dioecious) in compound cymes
    Calyx
    Calyx cupuliform with 5 teeth
    Corolla
    Petals 5, free, imbricate
    Stamens
    Stamens 11–12; filaments connate at the base from 1/3 – 2/3 of their length; anthers puberulous
    Disc
    Disk annular, partly fused to the base of the ovary or pistillode
    Pistil
    Pistillode conical at base, cylindric, distally hirsute, with 3 locules, sometimes with vestigial ovules Ovary ovoid-globose, densely hirsute, narrowed into the short style; style-head scarcely broader than the style, obscurely 4–5-lobed; locules 5, each with 2 ovules
    Staminodes
    Staminodes 12, filaments connate; antherodes hirsute, indehiscent, not producing pollen
    Fruits
    Fruit a loculicidal capsule with 4–5 thick woody valves bearing branched antler-like appendages outside
    Seeds
    Seeds very small in relation to the size of the capsule, partly covered by a bright red aril.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Mozambique, Tanzania

    Pseudobersama Verdc. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 55: 504 (1956)

    Literature

    Flora Zambesiaca
    • in Journ. Linn. Soc., Bot. 55: 504 (1956).
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Pennington & Styles in Blumea 22: 469 (1975)
    • in J.L.S. 55: 504, t. 1 (1956)

    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