1. Family: Rubiaceae Juss.
    1. Feretia Delile

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

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Shrubs, usually hairy at the extremities or less often glabrous.
    Leaves
    Leaves opposite; stipule limbs usually ovate, brown and papery when dry.
    Flowers
    Flowers fragrant, hermaphrodite, sessile and appearing terminal on short leafless spurs (but actually axillary pairs with very reduced internodes) or sometimes pedicellate (referred to as pedunculate by some authorities) in pairs from the axils of young leaves, 5-merous or sometimes 4–8-merous; bracts/bracteoles brown and papery when dry.
    Calyx
    Calyx tube narrowly ovoid; limb-tube ± obsolete; lobes linear-lanceolate to lanceolate.
    Corolla
    Corolla white to pink; tube funnel-shaped above, cylindrical below, glabrous to pubescent outside, pubescent at throat; lobes ± oblong, usually slightly exceeding the tube, spreading to reflexed, overlapping to the left in bud.
    Stamens
    Stamens inserted at the throat, anthers sessile, attached one third of the length from the base.
    Disc
    Disk annular.
    Pistil
    Ovary 2-locular; ovules 2–10, pendulous in 2 rows from a small fleshy placenta; style slender, pubescent or with very few hairs; pollen presenter fusiform, entirely bifid, but usually cohering save at the apex, sparsely pubescent to pubescent.
    Fruits
    Fruit globose, fleshy; calyx lobes eventually deciduous.
    Seeds
    Seeds compressed, with finely reticulate testa.
    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Shrubs, usually hairy at the extremities or less often glabrous
    Leaves
    Leaves opposite; stipules usually ovate, brown and papery when dry
    Flowers
    Flowers fragrant, hermaphrodite, sessile and appearing terminal on short leafless spurs (but actually axillary pairs with very reduced internodes) or sometimes pedicellate (referred to as pedunculate by some authorities) in pairs from the axils of young leaves, 5-merous, but the corolla can occasionally be 4- or 8-merous; bracts and bracteoles brown and papery when dry
    Calyx
    Calyx-tube narrowly ovoid; tubular part of limb ± obsolete; lobes linear-lanceolate to lanceolate
    Corolla
    Corolla white to pink; tube funnel-shaped above, cylindrical below, glabrous to pubescent outside, pubescent at throat; lobes ± oblong, usually slightly exceeding the tube, spreading to reflexed, overlapping to the left in bud
    Stamens
    Stamens inserted at throat; anthers sessile, attached 1/3 of the length from the base, ± 2/3 exserted
    Disc
    Disc annular
    Pistil
    Ovary 2-locular; ovules 2–10, pendulous in two rows from a small fleshy placenta; style slender, pubescent or with very few hairs; stigmatic club fusiform, entirely bifid, but usually cohering save at apex, sparsely pubescent to pubescent
    Fruits
    Fruit globose, fleshy; calyx-lobes eventually deciduous
    Seeds
    Seeds compressed, with finely reticulate testa.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Benin, Botswana, Burkina, Cameroon, Caprivi Strip, Central African Repu, Chad, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Feretia Delile appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Ann. Sci. Nat., Bot., sér. 2, 20: 92 (1843)

    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.

    Literature

    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    • K. Schum. in E. & P. Pflanzenfam. 4, 4: 79 (1891).
    • —F.T.A 3: 115
    Flora Zambesiaca
    • Bridson in Kew Bull. 34: 367 (1979).
    • in Ann. Sci. Nat., Bot. Sér. 2, 20: 92 (1843).
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Bridson in K.B. 34: 367 (1979)
    • in Ann. Sci. Nat., sér. 2, 20: 92 (1843)

    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