1. Family: Rubiaceae Juss.
    1. Belonophora Hook.f.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tropical Africa.

    [FTEA]

    Rubiaceae, B. Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1976

    Habit
    Trees or shrubs with much the appearance of Coffea
    Leaves
    Leaves paired; stipules elliptic, lanceolate or triangular, often tapering-subulate, deciduous
    Flowers
    Flower sessile in fascicles on both sides of successive nodes
    Calyx
    Calyx bracteolate at the base; tube campanulate; limb with 5 rounded imbricate lobes
    Corolla
    Corolla salver-shaped, the tube slender, somewhat narrowed at the base, adpressed pubescent outside, glabrous at the throat; lobes 5, narrowly oblong, contorted to the right as seen in plan view, adpressed puberulous
    Anthers
    Anthers sessile, included in the corolla-tube, linear
    Disc
    Disc cushion-shaped
    Pistil
    Ovary 2-locular, each locule with a pendulous placenta bearing 2 collateral ovules inserted on its inner face; style included, divided into 2 papillose subulate branches
    Fruits
    Fruits globose or ellipsoid-globose, 2-locular, with leathery wall, marked at the apex with evident remains of the disc and calyx-lobes
    Seeds
    Seeds 2–4 per fruit, pendulous; albumen horny; testa apparently absent; embryo with radicle superior.
    [FZ]

    Rubiaceae, D.M.Bridson & B.Verdcourt. Flora Zambesiaca 5:3. 2003

    Habit
    Trees or shrubs with much the appearance of coffeeplants.
    Leaves
    Leaves paired; stipules elliptic, lanceolate or triangular, often tapering-subulate, deciduous.
    Flowers
    Flowers sessile in axillary fascicles; subtended by a series of bracteoles, the lowermost cupular, dimorphic (but not truly heterostylous).
    Calyx
    Calyx tube campanulate with 5 rounded imbricate lobes.
    Corolla
    Corolla salver-shaped, the tube slender, somewhat narrowed at the base, appressed pubescent outside, glabrous at the throat; lobes 5, narrowly oblong, contorted to the right (TAB 73/D1), appressed puberulous.
    Anthers
    Anthers sessile, included in the corolla tube, either at the throat or lower down, linear.
    Disc
    Disk cushion-shaped.
    Pistil
    Ovary 2-locular, each locule with a pendulous placenta bearing 2 collateral ovules inserted on its inner face; style included, either at the same level as the anthers or well below them, divided into 2 papillose subulate branches.
    Fruits
    Fruits stipitate, globose or ellipsoid-globose, 2-celled, with a leathery wall, marked at the apex with evident remains of the disk and calyx lobes.
    Seeds
    Testa present. Seeds 2–4 per fruit, pendulous; albumen horny.

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    Distribution

    Doubtfully present in:

    Equatorial Guinea

    Native to:

    Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Chad, Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Gulf of Guinea Is., Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre

    Belonophora Hook.f. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Hooker's Icon. Pl. 12: t. 1127 (1873)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. 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
    • Keay in Bull. Jard. Bot. Brux. 28: 297 (1958).
    • —F.T.A. 3: 129
    Flora Zambesiaca
    • Cheek & S.E. Dawson in Kew Bull. 55: 63–80 (2000).
    • Keay in Bull. Jard. Bot. État 28: 297 (1958).
    • in Bentham & J.D. Hooker, Gen. Pl. 2: 109 (1873).
    • in Hooker’s Icon. Pl. 12: 26 (1873)
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Keay in B.J.B.B. 28: 297 (1958)
    • Ic. Pl. 12, t. 1127 (1873)
    • in G.P. 2: 109 (1873)

    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