1. Family: Rubiaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Oldenlandia L.
      1. Oldenlandia tenella (Hochst.) Kuntze

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

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Decumbent or hanging, very intricately branched plant, 30 cm. long; stems very slender, ± 4-angled, glabrous.
    Leaves
    Leaves 0.3–1.4 cm. x 2.5–9.5 mm., elliptic or ovate, obtuse or subacute at the apex, rounded then abruptly narrowed at the base into a petiole up to 3 mm. long, mostly very thin, glabrous; stipule sheath 0.5 mm. long with 2 or 3 very short lobes or fimbriae under 1 mm. long.
    Flowers
    Flowers heterostylous, 1–2(3) terminal and also truly axillary ones; pedicels slender, 1.5–9 mm. long becoming up to 11 mm. long in fruit.
    Calyx
    Calyx glabrous; tube ± 0.7 mm. long, obovoid; lobes foliaceous, 0.7–1.1 mm. long, accrescent in fruit to 1.7 mm., lanceolate to ovate, ± acuminate.
    Corolla
    Corolla white or pale violet; tube 4–5 mm. long, ± slender, glabrous inside; lobes c. 2.2–5 x 2.3 mm.
    Stamen and Style
    Filaments 0.2 mm. long in long-styled flowers, 2 mm. long in short-styled flowers and style 5 and 2.5 mm. long respectively.
    Fruits
    Capsule 1.8–2 x 1.8–2.2 mm., obovoid, glabrous, crowned by the ± venose calyx lobes.
    Seeds
    Seeds black with carunculate testa.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Cape Provinces, KwaZulu-Natal, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Zimbabwe

    Oldenlandia tenella (Hochst.) Kuntze appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Sep 1, 1949 Drege [4010], South Africa K000414273

    First published in Revis. Gen. Pl. 1: 292 (1891)

    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.

    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