1. Family: Amaranthaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Pandiaka Benth. & Hook.f.
      1. Pandiaka ramulosa Hiern

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

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Much-branched perennial herb 14–36 cm. tall, with a woody, nodose rootstock terminating in a large tuber; stem and branches slender, terete or bluntly quadrangular, more or less densely furnished with long, whitish hairs which may be patent, ascending, or a mixture of both.
    Leaves
    Leaves sessile or very shortly petiolate, 0.6–3 × 0.4–1.3 cm., lanceolate to lanceolate-ovate, shortly narrowed to subcordate at the base, acute to subacute at the apex, moderately to densely furnished on both surfaces with shorter and subappressed to longer and patent hairs.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence sessile or almost so on the uppermost pair of leaves, greenish to whitish, shortly oblong-ovoid, (sometimes subglobose on the lowest branches), 1–4.5 × 1–1.4 cm., axis white-pilose.
    Bracts
    Bracts lanceolate, 4–6.5 mm. long, more or less densely furnished with ascending whitish hairs at least centrally, whitish-membranous except for the green midrib, which is excurrent into an arista at least half the length of the lamina.
    Bracteoles
    Bracteoles 5–7.5 mm. long, ovate-lanceolate, indumentum similar, the terminal arista commonly longer.
    Flowers
    Flowers finally somewhat indurate at the base, not fused to the bracteoles.
    Tepal
    Tepals all lanceolate, broadly hyaline-margined, the green central portion with three distinct white nerves; outer 2 tepals 4–6 mm. long, the midrib excurrent in a short often glabrous mucro, more or less densely appressed-pilose along the green central portion; inner 3 slightly shorter, more pilose about the apex, the mucro absent or obscured by hairs.
    Perianth
    Perianth apparently falling without the bracteoles.
    Stamens
    Stamens 2–2.5 mm. long, filaments glabrous; pseudostaminodes small, oblong to narrowly spathulate, c. 1 mm. long, minutely denticulate with no dorsal scale, quite glabrous.
    Pistil
    Ovary obpyriform, c. 1 mm. long, with a faint apical keel; style slender, c. 2 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Ripe utricle oblong-ovoid, c. 3 mm. long, narrowly truncate at the apex; seed c. 2.75 mm. long, oblong-ovoid, yellowish brown, shining, obscurely reticulate or almost smooth.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Congo, Zaïre

    Pandiaka ramulosa Hiern appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Cat. Afr. Pl. 1: 894 (1900)

    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.
    • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.
    • Robyns, W. & al. (eds.) (1948-1963). Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi 1-10.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    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