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This species is accepted, and its native range is Benin to Uganda.

[FWTA]

Euphorbiaceae, Hutchinson and Dalziel. Flora of West Tropical Africa 1:2. 1958

Morphology General Habit
Tree of fringing forest in savannah regions, to 45 ft. high
Morphology Roots
Small stilt-roots
Morphology General Spines
Spiny stem branches
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers greenish-yellow.

[FTEA]

Euphorbiaceae, A. R.-Smith. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1987

Morphology General Habit
A much-branched deciduous tree 8–14 m., with a spiny trunk.
Morphology Twigs
Twigs brown or dark brown, sparingly lenticellate.
Morphology General Shoots
Young shoots and petioles densely fulvous or ferruginous tomentose.
Morphology Leaves
Petioles 6–11 mm. long; leaf-blades elliptic-ovate, elliptic-obovate, elliptic or elliptic-oblanceolate, (5–)10–18 cm. long, 4–8 cm. wide, obtuse or shortly obtusely or subacutely acuminate at apex, cuneate, rounded, truncate or shallowly cordate at base, subentire or very shallowly crenate, chartaceous, lateral nerves 9–17, craspedodromous, not prominent above, prominent beneath, tertiary nerves ± parallel, somewhat prominent beneath, sparingly ferruginous pubescent and more evenly so along the midrib or else glabrescent above, evenly ferruginous pubescent and more densely so along the midrib and nerves beneath, dark green above, paler beneath, drying greyish or dark brown above and chestnut-brown beneath.
Morphology Leaves Stipules
Stipules very quickly caducous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers densely glomerulate, fragrant. Female flowers subsessile; sepals as in the ♂ flowers; petals elliptic, 0.75 mm. long, subentire, keeled, pubescent without along the keel, otherwise glabrous; outer disc ± annular, 1.5–2 mm. across, inner disc divided into 4 or 5 triangular pubescent or subglabrous ± entire lobes enclosing the ovary; ovary ovoid, 1.5–2 mm. long, 2-locular; styles 2, united at the base, bifid. Male flowers:pedicels 2 mm. long, pubescent; sepals triangular, 1.5 mm. long, 1 mm. wide, acute, pubescent without, glabrous within, yellowish green; petals obtriangular-spathulate, 0.5 mm. long, emarginate, keeled; disc annular, ± flat, 2 mm. across, entire, glabrous; staminal column 1 mm. high; anthers 0.5 mm. long; pistillode conical, 0.7 mm. tall, bifid at the apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts minute, triangular, acute, pubescent.
sex Male
Male flowers:pedicels 2 mm. long, pubescent; sepals triangular, 1.5 mm. long, 1 mm. wide, acute, pubescent without, glabrous within, yellowish green; petals obtriangular-spathulate, 0.5 mm. long, emarginate, keeled; disc annular, ± flat, 2 mm. across, entire, glabrous; staminal column 1 mm. high; anthers 0.5 mm. long; pistillode conical, 0.7 mm. tall, bifid at the apex.
sex Female
Female flowers subsessile; sepals as in the ♂ flowers; petals elliptic, 0.75 mm. long, subentire, keeled, pubescent without along the keel, otherwise glabrous; outer disc ± annular, 1.5–2 mm. across, inner disc divided into 4 or 5 triangular pubescent or subglabrous ± entire lobes enclosing the ovary; ovary ovoid, 1.5–2 mm. long, 2-locular; styles 2, united at the base, bifid.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruits ellipsoid-oblong, 1-locular by abortion, 7–9 mm. long, 5 mm. wide, green, later turning purple when ripe.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed 5 mm. long, ± smooth, shiny, dark brown.
Habitat
On stony ground, in moist ravines, swamps, fringing forest and open bushland; 1375–2000 m.
Distribution
U1 U2 from Nigeria eastwards to Sudan and south to Zaire (Lower Shaba)

Native to:

Benin, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Chad, Gabon, Nigeria, Sudan, Uganda, Zaïre

Bridelia ndellensis Beille appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Sep 1, 1955 Chevalier, A. [8080], Congo, DRC K000406024 Unknown type material
Sep 1, 1955 Schweinfurth, G. [3429] K000406017 lectotype
Sep 1, 1955 Schweinfurth, G. [1703] K000406018
Jan 1, 1955 Schweinfurth, G. [3726] K000406019

First published in Mém. Soc. Bot. France 8: 69 (1908)

Accepted by

  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Lejoy, J., Ndjele, M.-B. & Geerinck, D. (2010). Catalogue-flore des plantes vasculaires des districts de Kisangani et de la Tshopo (RD Congo) Taxonomania. Revue de Taxonomie et de Nomenclature Botaniques 30: 1-307.
  • Sosef, M.S.M. & al. (2006). Check-list des plantes vasculaires du Gabon Scripta Botanica Belgica 35: 1-438.
  • Govaerts, R., Frodin, D.G. & Radcliffe-Smith, A. (2000). World Checklist and Bibliography of Euphorbiaceae (and Pandaceae) 1-4: 1-1622. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Govaerts, R. (1996). World Checklist of Seed Plants 2(1, 2): 1-492. MIM, Deurne.

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • in Bull. Soc. Bot. Fr. 55, Mém. 8: 69 (1908).

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Sosef, M.S.M. & al. (2006). Check-list des plantes vasculaires du Gabon Scripta Botanica Belgica 35: 1-438.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • J. Léon. in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 8(1): 42 (1962).
  • Keay, Flora of West Tropical Africa, ed. 2, 1: 371 (1958).
  • J. Léon. in Bulletin du Jardin Botanique de l'État a Bruxelles 25: 369 (1955)
  • Beille in Mém. Soc. Bot. Fr. 8b: 69 (1908).

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