1. Family: Apiaceae Lindl.
    1. Alepidea F.Delaroche

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia to S. Africa.

    [FZ]

    Umbelliferae, J. F. M. Cannon. Flora Zambesiaca 4. 1978

    Habit
    Erect perennial or biennial herbs with wiry stems and simple coriaceous leaves; leaf margins dentate, with the apices of the teeth frequently produced to form long stiff ciliary appendages.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence comprising a relatively small number of capitulate umbels, each composed of ± sessile hermaphrodite flowers.
    Bracts
    Bracts very well developed, chartaceous, in ± 2 series, forming a ± connate, conspicuous involucre round the flowers, and probably acting as an insect attractant, comparable to the ray florets of the Compositae.
    Calyx
    Calyx teeth conspicuous; petals erect, often with a sharply inflexed apex.
    Stylopodium
    Stylopodium generally not well developed, depressed and with a thickened margin; styles sometimes with a thickened apical stigmatic region.
    Fruits
    Fruit ovoid to subglobose; carpophore not strongly developed, undivided. Mericarps usually covered with scaly tubercles.
    Vittae
    Vittae 5, with 1 in each interval and 2 in the commissural face.
    Seeds
    Seed similar in section to the mericarp as a whole.
    [FTEA]

    Umbelliferae, C.C. Townsend. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1989

    Habit
    Perennial herbs with one or more stems from the rootstock, usually branched chiefly in the inflorescence
    Leaves
    Leaves simple, the basal ± long-tapering or more abruptly narrowed; stem leaves ± clasping and auriculate, all with regularly serrate-dentate margins; teeth (at least of the stem leaves) tipped with long cilia
    Inflorescences
    Umbels simple, generally numerous, reduced to a dense capitulum surrounded by broad rather rigid but non-spinose coloured involucral bracts
    Flowers
    Flowers ebracteolate, white to creamy, pinkish or greenish
    Calyx
    Calyx-teeth distinct
    Corolla
    Petals slightly notched above with an incurved lobule frequently ± equalling the lamina
    Fruits
    Fruit ovoid or ovoid-globose, slightly laterally compressed, usually furnished with tubercles or rugose, rarely (not in East Africa) smooth; commissure broad; ribs obsolete; vittae 5, large, 3 dorsal and 2 on the commissure; stylopodia flat and obscure; carpophore reduced, simple
    Seeds
    Endosperm flat or slightly concave on the commissure, broadly rounded or indented below the vittae dorsally, or ± pentagonal.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Cape Provinces, Ethiopia, Free State, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Alepidea F.Delaroche appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Eryng. Alep. Hist.: 19 (1808)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 529. MIM, Deurne.

    Literature

    Flora Zambesiaca
    • Weim. in Bot. Notis. 1949: 217 (1949).
    • H. Wolff in Engl., Pflanzenr. 4, 228 Sanic.: 94 (1913).
    • Eryng. Hist.: 19, t. 1 (1808).
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Eryng. Hist.: 19, t. 1 (1808)

    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