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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.

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.

Flora Zambesiaca
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