1. Family: Amaranthaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Pandiaka Benth. & Hook.f.
      1. Pandiaka confusa C.C.Towns.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Angola to W. Zambia.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Perennial herb with a tuberous rootstock, much-branched from the base with numerous, erect stems, these sometimes simple in shorter forms but usually also more or less branched, 15–50 cm. tall; stem and branches quadrangular above, terete below, striate, moderately to rather densely furnished with upwardly directed or more or less patent whitish hairs.
    Leaves
    Leaves opposite or the upper occasionally ternate, elliptic or narrowly elliptic, 2–7.2 × 0.4–2.5 cm., gradually or more abruptly narrowed at base and apex, more or less acute, moderately to densely furnished on both surfaces with appressed hairs, rarely sublanate.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence cylindrical, 2–12 × 1.5–2 cm., dense, the axis densely white-pilose, sessile or with a peduncle up to 4 cm. long.
    Bracts
    Bracts deltoid-ovate, 5–6 mm. long, subglabrous, ciliate or sparsely (the midrib sometimes more densely) pilose, membranous except for the greenish midrib, which is excurrent in a long more or less pilose arista.
    Bracteoles
    Bracteoles very similar, not falling with the perianth, the arista about half the length of the lamina.
    Tepal
    Tepals all rather narrowly lanceolate, narrowly hyaline-margined, obscurely 3–5-nerved in the central green portion, more or less densely pilose with fine, patent or subpatent greenish-white hairs; outer 2 tepals 7–10 mm. long, the inner 3 gradually less pilose and slightly more broadly margined.
    Stamens
    Stamens 3–4 mm. long, the filaments densely pilose below; pseudo-staminodes 1–2 mm. long, flabellate with reflexed, densely hairy margins, dorsal scale absent or very small and concealed in the marginal hairs.
    Pistil
    Ovary obpyriform, c. 1 mm. long, with a faint apical keel; style slender, 3–4 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Ripe capsule oblong-ovoid, c. 3 mm. long; seeds oblong-ovoid, c. 2.75 mm. long, brown, shining, faintly reticulate.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Zambia

    Pandiaka confusa C.C.Towns. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    May 8, 1978 Milne-Redhead, E. [2841], Zambia K000243759 Unknown type material
    May 8, 1978 Milne-Redhead, E. [2841], Zambia K000243760 Unknown type material
    May 8, 1978 Milne-Redhead, E. [2841], Zambia K000243762 holotype
    May 6, 1978 Milne-Redhead, E. [3358], Zambia K000243761 Unknown type material

    First published in Kew Bull. 34: 427 (1980)

    Accepted by

    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Launert, E. (ed.) (1988). Flora Zambesiaca 9(1): 1-179. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    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