1. Family: Amaranthaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Achyropsis (Moq.) Hook.f.
      1. Achyropsis gracilis C.C.Towns.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is NE. Tanzania, Mozambique.

    [FZ]

    Amaranthaceae, C. C. Townsend. Flora Zambesiaca 9:1. 1988

    Habit
    Spreading annual (?) with a slender rootstock, 30–40 cm., rooting at some of the lower nodes, sparingly branched in the lower part of the stem with branches divergent at 45 degrees and then ascending, stem and branches tetragonous and striate, moderately furnished with rather long, flexuose hairs.
    Leaves
    Leaves elliptic-ovate, 2–4 × 0.7–1.3 cm., cuneate into a short (2–4 mm. long) petiole below, shortly pointed and subacute at the apex, paler on the lower surface, both surfaces moderately furnished with fine, whitish, subappressed multicellular hairs.
    Peduncles
    Peduncles 1–4.5 cm. long, indumentum similar to that of the stem.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence at first conical-capitate, becoming elongate with the flowers increasingly distant below, 2–6 × 0.6 cm., the axis white-lanate; bracts lanceolate-ovate, 2 mm. long, aristate with the excurrent midrib, finely ciliate, persistent; bracteoles subcircular-ovate, c. 1.25 mm. long, finely ciliate, hyaline, the midrib excurrent in a short, fine but distinct mucro.
    Tepal
    Tepals elliptic, reducing in width from the outer to the inner, membranous, whitish save for a narrow central green vitta, glabrous, 3 mm. long, the slender midrib excurrent in a very short mucro.
    Stamens
    Stamens c. 2 mm., the filaments filiform; pseudostaminodes oblong with a truncate ventral scale, the dorsal scale long-fimbriate with the cilia subequalling the filaments.
    Pistil
    Ovary obpyriform; style slender, c. 1 mm.
    Fruits
    Capsule 1.5 mm., subglobose, seed chestnut, filling the utricle, apiculate beneath the style-base, shining, feebly reticulate.
    [FTEA]

    Amaranthaceae, C.C. Townsend. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1985

    Habit
    Spreading annual (?) with a slender rootstock, 30–40 cm., rooting at some of the lower nodes, sparingly branched in the lower part of the stem with branches divergent at 45° and then ascending; stem and branches tetragonous and striate, moderately furnished with rather long flexuose hairs.
    Leaves
    Leaves elliptic-ovate, 2–4 × 0.7–1.3 cm., cuneate into a short (2–4 mm.) petiole below, shortly pointed and subacute at the apex, paler on the lower surface, both surfaces moderately furnished with fine whitish subappressed multicellular hairs.
    Inflorescences
    Peduncles 1–4.5 cm., indumentum similar to that of the stem; inflorescence at first conical-capitate, becoming elongate with the flowers increasingly distant below, 2–6 × 0.6 cm.; axis white lanate; bracts lanceolate-ovate, 2 mm., aristate with the excurrent midrib, finely ciliate, persistent; bracteoles suborbicular-ovate, ± 1.25 mm., finely ciliate, hyaline, the midrib excurrent in a short fine but distinct mucro.
    Tepal
    Tepals elliptic, reducing in width from the outer to the inner, membranous, whitish save for a narrow central green vitta, glabrous, 3 mm., the slender midrib excurrent in a very short mucro.
    Stamens
    Stamens ± 2 mm.; filaments filiform; pseudostaminodes oblong with a truncate ventral scale, the dorsal scale long-fimbriate with the cilia subequalling the filaments.
    Ovary
    Ovary obpyriform.
    Style
    Style slender, ± 1 mm.
    Fruits
    Capsule subglobose, 1.5 mm.
    Seeds
    Seed chestnut, filling the capsule, apiculate beneath the style-base, shining, feebly reticulate.
    Habitat
    On floor of forest, semi-shaded; 152 m.
    Distribution
    T3

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Mozambique, Tanzania

    Achyropsis gracilis C.C.Towns. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Oct 2, 1980 Faulkner, H. [4235], Tanzania K000243771 holotype

    First published in Kew Bull. 34: 432 (1980)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 529. MIM, Deurne.
    • Launert, E. (ed.) (1988). Flora Zambesiaca 9(1): 1-179. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Townsend, C.C. (1985). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Amaranthaceae: 1-136.

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • C.C. Townsend in Kew Bulletin 34: 432 (1979).

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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