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This species is accepted, and its native range is Kenya.

[FTEA]

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

Habit
A straggly or spreading many-stemmed shrub or small tree 1.5–4.5 m. tall, rarely taller.
Bark
Bark grey.
Twigs
Twigs pale greyish brown, lenticellate.
Shoots
Young shoots and petioles evenly to sparingly pubescent.
Leaves
Petioles 2–4(–5) mm. long; leaf-blades obovate, broadly elliptic or suborbicular, (2–)3–7(–10) cm. long, (1–)2–5(–7) cm. wide, somewhat retuse, truncate, rounded or obtuse, occasionally subacute at apex, cuneate or rounded-cuneate at base, chartaceous, lateral nerves (8–)10–12(–13) pairs, brochidodromous, camptodromous or craspedodromous, scarcely prominent above, fairly prominent beneath, very sparingly pubescent to subglabrous above, evenly pubescent along the midrib otherwise sparingly pubescent beneath, bluish green.
Stipules
Stipules linear-lanceolate, 4–6 mm. long, acute, pubescent.
Flowers
Flowers monoecious or dioecious, glomerulate. Female flowers:pedicels stouter than in the ♂ flowers; sepals resembling those of the ♂ flowers, but thicker in texture; petals ovate-rhomboid, ± 1 mm. long; outer disc annular, inner disc divided into 5–6 triangular-ovate lobes; ovary ellipsoid, 2-locular, 3–4 mm. long; styles 2, connate, 0.5 mm. long. Male flowers:pedicels adpressed pubescent; sepals triangular-lanceolate, 2 mm. long, 1 mm. wide, glabrous except without at the base, pale yellow-green; petals flabelliform, 1 mm. long and wide; disc flat, 2 mm. across, ± entire; staminal column 1 mm. high; anthers 0.6 mm. long, cream; pistillode slightly swollen at the base, 0.75 mm. tall, bilobed at the apex.
Bracts
Bracts ovate, acute, keeled, pubescent.
Male
Male flowers:pedicels adpressed pubescent; sepals triangular-lanceolate, 2 mm. long, 1 mm. wide, glabrous except without at the base, pale yellow-green; petals flabelliform, 1 mm. long and wide; disc flat, 2 mm. across, ± entire; staminal column 1 mm. high; anthers 0.6 mm. long, cream; pistillode slightly swollen at the base, 0.75 mm. tall, bilobed at the apex.
Female
Female flowers:pedicels stouter than in the ♂ flowers; sepals resembling those of the ♂ flowers, but thicker in texture; petals ovate-rhomboid, ± 1 mm. long; outer disc annular, inner disc divided into 5–6 triangular-ovate lobes; ovary ellipsoid, 2-locular, 3–4 mm. long; styles 2, connate, 0.5 mm. long.
Fruits
Fruits subglobose-ellipsoid, 2-locular, 7–9 mm. long, 6–7 mm. wide, yellow, green, flushed red, reddish- or purplish-black, and shiny and black when dried.
Seeds
Seeds 5 mm. long, smooth, shiny, chestnut-brown.
Habitat
Upland dry evergreen bushland and forest edges, deciduous bushland, often along streams or on rocky places; 440–1200 m.
Distribution
not known elsewhere K1 K4 K7

Native to:

Kenya

Bridelia taitensis Vatke & Pax appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1985 Thomas, B.C. [28117], Kenya K000237563
Greenway, P.J. [12892], Kenya K000237576
Gillett, J.B. [13251], Kenya K000237545
Gillett, J.B. [19130], Kenya K000237557
Bally, P.R.O. [B11451], Kenya K000237553
Bally, P.R.O. [B1943], Kenya K000237551
Bally, P.R.O. [B1718], Kenya K000237552
Bally, P.R.O. [13111], Kenya K000237568
Bally, P.R.O. [B14712], Kenya K000237546
Bally, P.R.O. [B1576], Kenya K000237550
Lawton, R.M. [1733], Kenya K000237561
Lawton, R.M. [1136], Kenya K000237562
Lawton, R.M. [1766], Kenya K000237566
Lawton, R.M. [1729], Kenya K000237560
Lawton, R.M. [1764], Kenya K000237564
Lawton, R.M. [1765], Kenya K000237565
Polhill [201], Kenya K000237571
Polhill [200], Kenya K000237570
Adamson, J. [90], Kenya K000237543
Adamson, J. [103], Kenya K000237544
Dale, I.R. [k793], Kenya K000237542
Faden, R.B. [74254], Kenya K000237577
Verdcourt, B. [2685], Kenya K000237572
Napper, D.M. [1549], Kenya K000237567
Hildebrandt, J.M. [2415], Kenya K000237574 isotype
Scheffler, G. [100], Kenya K000237554 isotype
Scheffler, G. [493], Kenya K000237555
Scheffler, G. [131], Kenya K000237556
Grenfell, A.P. [s.n.], Kenya K000237575
Kabuye, C.H.S. [647], Kenya K000237578
Synnott, T.J. [1749], Kenya K000237548
Synnott, T.J. [1756], Kenya K000237547
Ament, J.G. [21], Kenya K000237558
Ament, J.G. [511], Kenya K000237559
Sangai, G.W. [910], Kenya K000237573
Kimani, Z.J. [64], Kenya K000237569
Wilson, G. [58], Kenya K000237549

First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 15: 531 (1893)

Accepted by

  • 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 Tropical East Africa

  • Dale & Greenway, Kenya Trees and Shrubs p. 187 (1961).
  • A. Engler & O. Drude, Die Vegetation Der Erde, IX, Pflanzenwelt Afrikas 3(2): 43 (1921).
  • Jabl. in A. Engler, Das Pflanzenreich IV. 147 (8): 64 (1915).
  • Hutch. in Flora of Tropical Africa 6(1): 613 (1912).
  • Pax in Die Pflanzenwelt Ost-Afrikas und der Nachbargebiete, Theile C: 237 (1895).
  • Vatke & Pax in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 15: 531 (1893).

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