1. Family: Amaranthaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Pandiaka Benth. & Hook.f.
      1. Pandiaka carsonii (Baker) C.B.Clarke

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. DR Congo to Namibia.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Perennial herb, simple in reduced forms but usually with numerous divaricately branched stems arising from the base; stem and branches slender, drying dark green to blackish, glabrous or thinly pilose in the upper part, striate; rootstock a tuber, spherical to large and parsnip-shaped, up to c. 15 cm. long.
    Leaves
    Leaves very variable, from very narrowly linear to broadly obovate, sessile, (6) 20–70 × 1–18 mm., thinly pilose to somewhat floccose-hairy or frequently glabrous or almost so often darkening on drying, the margins sometimes more or less crispate, acute to obtuse or apiculate at the apex.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence cylindrical (or occasionally capitate in small forms), 1.5–8 (10) × 1.25–1.75 cm., not involucrate, on a slender peduncle 1–15 cm. long, axis brownish or usually white-pilose.
    Bracts
    Bracts very variable in size; from c. 2 mm. long, deltoid-ovate and scarcely differing from the bracteoles to broadly lanceolate, up to 7 mm. long and subequalling the perianth, white, firm, glabrous to minutely ciliate, the midrib shortly excurrent.
    Bracteoles
    Bracteoles deltoid-ovate, 1.5–3 mm. long, the nerve shortly to long-excurrent, glabrous or ciliate, falling with the perianth.
    Tepal
    Tepals more or less equal in length, 5–7 mm. long, with a narrow green central band, a pale midrib and two shorter white nerves, broadly white-bordered (the border of firmer texture in the two outer tepals), shortly and finely mucronate, glabrous or thinly pilose above especially along the firm margins of the central green portion and/or the midrib or extreme apex.
    Stamens
    Stamens 4–6 mm. long; pseudostaminodes flabellate, 1–1.5 mm. long, with a long-fimbriate dorsal scale.
    Pistil
    Ovary obpyriform, c. 1 mm. long, firm in the upper half; style slender, 3.5–4.5 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Capsule oblong-ovoid with a narrower firm apex, 2.5–3 mm. long.
    Seeds
    Seeds oblong-ovoid, 2.25–2.75 mm. long, brown, shining, faintly reticulate.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Malawi, Namibia, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Pandiaka carsonii (Baker) C.B.Clarke appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Oct 21, 1980 Carson, A [8], Zambia K000243752
    Kassner [2665], Ghana K000243740 isotype
    Carson [50], Zambia K000243751

    First published in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 6(1): 70 (1909)

    Accepted by

    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Launert, E. (ed.) (1988). Flora Zambesiaca 9(1): 1-179. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Launert, E. (ed.) (1988). Flora Zambesiaca 9(1): 1-179. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Robyns, W. & al. (eds.) (1948-1963). Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi 1-10.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    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