1. Family: Rubiaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Manostachya Bremek.
      1. Manostachya staelioides (K.Schum.) Bremek.

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

    [FZ]

    Rubiaceae, B. Verdcourt. Flora Zambesiaca 5:1. 1989

    Habit
    Woody-based Thesium-like herb with several erect glabrous branched stems (15)20–45 cm. tall, the stems below the lateral branches essentially leafless.
    Leaves
    Leaves 2–6(15) x scarcely 0.5 mm., linear-subulate, glabrous or with margins ± ciliolate towards the base.
    Leaf sheaths
    Stipular sheath very short.
    Flowers
    Flowers distinctly bracteolate, solitary or few in the axils, sessile or pedicels to about 0.5 mm. or sometimes falsely pedicellate by reduction and stalk up to 1 cm. long; the nodes well separated and forming spike-like inflorescences 10–20 cm. long.
    Calyx
    Calyx tube glabrous; lobes 0.5–1.5 mm. long.
    Corolla
    Corolla white sometimes with pink-tipped lobes; tube 1.5–2 x 1.5 mm., shortly cylindrical, glabrous inside; lobes ovate, 1–2 x 0.9–1.2 mm., densely pilose inside.
    Pistil
    Style 2–2.5 mm. long in long-styled flowers, 0.5 mm. long in short-styled flowers; stigmatic lobes ovoid, 0.3 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Capsule subglobose, about 2 mm. long including the elevated beak which is about j the total.
    Seeds
    Seeds 0.6 mm. long.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre

    Manostachya staelioides (K.Schum.) Bremek. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Verh. Kon. Ned. Akad. Wetensch., Afd. Natuurk., Sect. 2, 48(2): 146 (1952)

    Accepted by

    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Ruhsam, M in Ruhsam, M. (2005). Survey of all the Rubiaceae specimens at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    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