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  1. Family: Stilbaceae Kunth
    1. Genus: Nuxia Comm. ex Lam.
      1. Nuxia floribunda Benth.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is SW. Uganda to S. Africa.

    [FTEA]

    Loganiaceae, E. A. Bruce & J. Lewis. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1960

    Habit
    Trees up to 20 m. tall or large shrubs; bark pale brownish-grey.
    Leaves
    Lamina of leaves narrowly elliptic, up to 14 cm. long, 2–4 cm. wide, tapering above to a narrowly acute or acuminate apex, gradually convergent to a cuneate base, distantly denticulate to entire, glabrous.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences terminal and lax,puberulous when young, glabrate.
    Calyx
    Calyx 4 mm. long; lobes cleanly dividing.
    Corolla
    Corolla white to yellow; lobes rounded above, glabrous.
    Ovary
    Ovary glabrous.
    Fruits
    Fruit almost twice the length of the calyx, glabrous.
    Habitat
    Margins and relic patches of upland rain-forest; 1200–2000 m.
    Distribution
    K7 T2 T3 T4 T6 T7 U2
    [FZ]

    Loganiaceae, A. J. M. Leeuwenberg. Flora Zambesiaca 7:1. 1983

    Habit
    Shrub or tree, 2–25 m. high.
    Trunk
    Trunk 10–60 cm. in diarn.
    Bark
    Bark rough, grey or grey–brown, fissured.
    Branches
    Branchlets glabrous or minutely pubescent with glandular hairs and glabrescent, sulcate. Branches often greenish or creamy, glabrous or minutely pubescent with glandular hairs.
    Leaves
    Leaves ternate, opposite, decussate, or occasionally in a few lateral branchlets alternate, mostly petiolate; petiole 3–55 mm. long, glabrous or minutely pubescent; lamina coriaceous or papyraceous, elliptic, narrowly elliptic, or nearly so, 2·5–4(6) x as long as wide, 4–16 x 1–7 cm., acuminate or less often acute at the apex, cuneate at the base or decurrent into the petiole which is sometimes partly winged, dentate, crenate, or entire, glabrous or with very minute scattered glandular hairs on both sides; venation often reticulate, more or less prominent on both sides.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence lax or sometimes only in the ultimate ramifications congested, mostly large, paniculate or seemingly umbellate, 4–32 x 4–25 cm., 4–9 x branched.
    Flowers
    Flowers fragrant, pedicellate or sessile, solitary or in clusters of three together.
    Calyx
    Calyx creamy or green, often viscid, 2·5–3 .8 mm. long, minutely pubescent with glandular hairs outside, inside sparsely and/or minutely appressed–pubescent; tube about 3–5 x as long as the lobes which are equal or unequal, triangular or broadly triangular, 0·6–1·2 x 0·6–1·2 mm., acute or less often obtuse, entire or sometimes tridentate; sometimes two lobes coherent or partly united.
    Corolla
    Corolla white, outside with some minute glandular hairs at the base of the lobes and at the apex of the tube (less often on almost the entire tube), inside with a ring of slightly recurved rather thick hairs at the base of the lobes and pubescent with glandular hairs in the tube of which extreme base is glabrous; tube slightly shorter than the calyx; lobes oblong, about as long as the tube, 1–8–3–3 as long as wide, 1·8–2·2, 0·6–1 mm., acute, obtuse, or rounded at the apex.
    Stamens
    Stamens: filaments white, geniculate and there pilose–pubescent just above the base, and at the extreme base pubescent with glandular hairs, as the latter is situated within the zone of glandular hairs at the inner side of the corolla, after the pollen is shed 2–3·8 mm. long; anthers white, turning pale brown, about 0·5–0·6 mm. long.
    Pistil
    Pistil 3–6·5 mm. long; ovary subglobose or nearly obcordoid, mostly laterally compressed, 1 x 0·7 x 0·5–1·5 x 1·3 x 1 mm., glabrous or occasionally with a few hairs at the apex.
    Fruits
    Capsule brown, mostly conspicuously longer than the calyx, nearly obovoid, 3–5 x 1·3–2 x 1·3–2 mm., glabrous, retuse and with two impressed lines ofdehiscence at the apex.
    Seeds
    Seeds 0·8–0·9 x 0·2 mm.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Burundi, Cape Provinces, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Malawi, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Rwanda, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Nuxia floribunda Benth. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1974 Holst, C. [9070], Tanzania K000426753 isotype
    Jan 1, 1974 Holst, C. [9138], Tanzania K000426754 isotype
    Jan 1, 1974 Volkens, G. [1686], Tanzania K000426755 lectotype
    Jan 1, 1968 Zeyher [115], South Africa K000426722 holotype
    Drummond, R.B. [2546], Tanzania 11148.000
    Drummond, R.B. [2797], Tanzania 16668.000
    Drummond, R.B. [2947], Tanzania 17663.000
    Patel, H. [7181], Mozambique K000545144

    Bibliography

    First published in Compan. Bot. Mag. 2: 59 (1836)

    Accepted by

    • Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. (1975). The Loganiaceae of Africa XIV. A revision of Nuxia Lam. Mededelingen Landbouwhogeschool te Wageningen 75-8: 1-80.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. (1975). The Loganiaceae of Africa XIV. A revision of Nuxia Lam. Mededelingen Landbouwhogeschool te Wageningen 75-8: 1-80.

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Prain & Cummins in Fl. Cap. 4 (1): 1039 (1909).
    • Benth. in DC., Prodr. 10: 435 (1846).
    • Benth. in Hook., Comp. Bot. Mag. 2: 59 (1836)

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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