1. Family: Amaranthaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Sericocomopsis Schinz
      1. Sericocomopsis hildebrandtii Schinz

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Ethiopia to N. Tanzania.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Much-branched bushy shrub, (0.2–)0.3–1.8 m.; cortex of old wood greyish or brownish, ridged and sometimes cracking; young branchlets densely yellowish or whitish tomentose with rather long upwardly appressed simple hairs.
    Leaves
    Leaves commonly broadly spathulate-obovate, varying to broadly ovate or oblong, more rarely narrowly obovate, or elliptical, obtuse to subacute or retuse (and then often apiculate); lamina (1–)2–4.5 × (0.6–)1–2.7 cm. in the larger stem leaves, shortly to longly cuneate at the base into the 0.4–0.7(–15) cm. petiole; indumentum similar to that of the branchlets, on the lower surface frequently most obvious along the midrib and primary nervation.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences 2–15(–18) × 1.4–2.5 cm., dense or lax, on a 1–3(–5) cm. peduncle, both peduncle and inflorescence-axis canescent or greyish or whitish tomentose with simple hairs; lateral cymes mostly with 2–12 flowers, flowers sometimes partly solitary in lax-flowered forms; bracts deltoid-lanceolate or deltoid-ovate, with a single excurrent midrib, 2.5–4 mm., membranous but firm, glabrous or ciliate and pilose along the midrib, persistent and deflexed; bracteoles deltoid-ovate, acuminate, ± 5–7 mm., long pilose with barbellate hairs along the apical part or commonly throughout the dorsal surface of the single excurrent midrib, frequently ciliate along the margins, arista short and straight to long, fine and ± recurved.
    Tepal
    Tepals lanceolate, 6–8 mm., the inner 3 slightly shorter, all green-vittate centrally and with hyaline margins, with a prominent midrib (excurrent in a sometimes slightly recurved arista) and 1–2 lateral nerves, densely furnished along the vitta with long barbellate hairs, or some tepals hairy in the upper part only or almost glabrous.
    Stamens
    Stamens 5–6.5 mm., the filaments flattened, alternating with oblong denticulate staminodes ± 2 mm. long, each with a dorsal fimbriate-furcate scale.
    Style
    Style 3.5–5.5 mm.
    Fruits
    Capsule ovoid-cylindrical, 2.5 mm., truncate with a fine rim around the apex.
    Seeds
    Seed ovoid, 2 mm., brown, smooth.
    Figures
    Fig. 10/1–9.
    Habitat
    In semi-desert scrub and deciduous bushland, on rocky slopes along seasonal water-courses and near waterholes, etc.; 150–1820 m.
    Distribution
    K1 K2 K3 K4 K6 K7 T1 T2 T3 U1

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

    Sericocomopsis hildebrandtii Schinz appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Feb 12, 1974 Haarer [499], Kenya K000243588 holotype
    Feb 12, 1974 Babault [B 1808], Kenya K000243589 holotype
    Hildebrandt, J.M. [2584], Kenya K000243587 Unknown type material

    First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 21: 184 (1895)

    Accepted by

    • Edwards, S., Tadesse, M., Demissew, S. & Hedberg, I. (eds.) (2000). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 2(1): 1-532. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
    • Townsend, C.C. (1985). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Amaranthaceae: 1-136.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Edwards, S., Tadesse, M., Demissew, S. & Hedberg, I. (eds.) (2000). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 2(1): 1-532. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • A.D.Q. Agnew, Upland Kenya Wild Flowers p. 134 (1974).
    • Cufod., Enumeratio Plantarum Aethiopiae Spermatophyta (Supplement in Bull. Jard. Bot. Brux.) p. 62 (1953).
    • Schinz in Viert. Nat. Ges. Zürich 56: 246 (1911).
    • Schinz in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 21: 184 (1895)
    • Schinz in Die Pflanzenwelt Ost-Afrikas und der Nachbargebiete, Theile C: 172 (1895)

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
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