1. Family: Rubiaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Cuviera DC.
      1. Cuviera schliebenii Verdc.

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

    [FZ]

    Rubiaceae, D. Bridson. Flora Zambesiaca 5:2. 1998

    Habit
    Shrub or small tree 2–18 m tall; youngest shoots drying black, sparsely to ± densely pubescent; older shoots covered with a pale brown rather corky bark, irregularly fissured.
    Leaves
    Leaves 5.2–15 × 1.8–7.4 cm, elliptic to oblong-elliptic, acuminate at the apex, cuneate at the base, drying dark, glabrous save for very small hairy domatia in the nerve axils beneath; petiole 2–3 mm long; stipules up to 15 mm long, linear-lanceolate, from broad bases which are slightly connate basally.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences appearing before, or together with, the leaves, cymose, much branched, 3–5 cm long, the ultimate parts spreading pubescent; peduncle 2–3 cm long; pedicels 1–3 mm long, pubescent, bracts and bracteoles c. 3 × 0.8 mm, linear-lanceolate.
    Calyx
    Calyx tube 1.2 mm long, top-shaped, densely covered with short spreading hairs; lobes 2.3–2.6 × 0.7–0.9 mm, oblong or linear-oblong or slightly elliptic, more or less glabrous.
    Corolla
    Corolla with 5 minute apiculae at the apex in bud; yellow, probably slightly fleshy; tube 3 mm long, shortly cylindrical, glabrous outside, inside with a ring of white strongly deflexed hairs 1.3 mm long affixed at about the upper third of the tube; lobes 2.2 × 1.2 mm, triangular-lanceolate, with a slender apical appendage c. 1 mm long.
    Anthers
    Anthers inserted at the throat, 1 mm long, oblong, ± acute, just exserted.
    Style
    Style slightly thickened at the base, 4.8 mm long, glabrous.
    Pollen presenter
    Pollen presenter cylindric-clavate, 12-ridged, slightly bifid at the apex.
    Disc
    Disk annular, thick.
    Ovary
    Ovary 2-celled.
    Fruits
    Fruit 23 × 13 × 9 mm, oblong, compressed, with 1–2 pyrenes.
    Pyrene
    Pyrenes 19 mm long, c. 5 mm thick and wide, fusiform to canoe-shaped, the hilar notch close to the top of the seed.
    [FTEA]

    Rubiaceae, B. Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1976

    Habit
    Shrub or small tree 2–18 m. tall; youngest shoots drying black, sparsely pubescent; older shoots covered with a pale brown rather corky bark, irregularly fissured.
    Leaves
    Leaf-blades elliptic to oblong-elliptic, 5.2–15 cm. long, 1.8–7.4 cm. wide, acuminate at the apex, cuneate at the base, drying dark, glabrous save for very small hairy domatia in the nerve axils beneath; petiole 2–3 mm. long; stipules linear-lanceolate, up to 1.5 cm. long from broad bases which are slightly connate at the base.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences appearing with or without leaves, cymose, much branched, 3–5 cm. long, the ultimate parts spreading pubescent; peduncle 2–3 cm. long, pedicels 1–3 mm. long, pubescent; bracts and bracteoles linear-lanceolate, ± 3 mm. long, 0.8 mm. wide.
    Calyx
    Calyx-tube top-shaped, 1.2 mm. long, densely covered with short spreading hairs; lobes oblong or linear-oblong or slightly elliptic, 2.3–2.6 mm. long, 0.7–0.9 mm. wide, ± glabrous; buds with 5 minute apicula at the apex.
    Corolla
    Corolla yellow, probably slightly fleshy; tube shortly cylindric, 3 mm. long, glabrous outside, inside with a ring of white strongly deflexed hairs 1.3 mm. long affixed at ± the upper 1/3 of the tube; lobes triangular-lanceolate, 2.2 mm. long, 1.2 mm. wide, with a slender apical appendage ± 1 mm. long.
    Anthers
    Anthers inserted at the throat, oblong, 1 mm. long, ± acute, just exserted.
    Pistil
    Ovary 2-locular; style slightly thickened at the base, 4.8 mm. long, glabrous; stigmatic club cylindric-clavate, 12-ridged, slightly bifid at the apex.
    Disc
    Disk annular, thick.
    Fruits
    Fruit oblong, compressed, 2.3 cm. long, 1.3 cm. wide, 9 mm. thick, with 1–2 pyrenes; pyrenes fusiform-canoe-shaped, 1.9 cm. long, ± 5 mm. wide and thick, the hilar notch close to top.
    Habitat
    Deciduous woodland on hillsides and forest edge; 240–750 m.
    Distribution
    T8 not known elsewhere

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Mozambique, Tanzania

    Cuviera schliebenii Verdc. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    May 2, 1991 Bidgood, S. [1416], Tanzania K000286589
    Dec 1, 1978 Schlieben, H.J. [5576], Tanzania K000286590 isotype
    Sep 1, 1977 Schlieben, H.J. [5438], Tanzania K000286592

    First published in Kew Bull. 33: 497 (1979)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Verstraete, B., Lachenaud, O., Smets, E., Dessein, S. & Sonké, B. (2013). Taxonomy and phylogenetics of Cuviera (Rubiaceae - Vanguerieae) and reinstatement of Globulostylis with the description of three new species Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 173: 407-411.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Verdc. in Kew Bulletin 33: 497 (1979).

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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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 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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