1. Family: Rubiaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Polysphaeria Hook.f.
      1. Polysphaeria braunii K.Krause

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Shrub 1.5–5(–6) m. tall with long slender glabrous branchlets (see note).
    Leaves
    Leaf-blades elliptic to oblong-lanceolate or lanceolate, 3.3–18.5 cm. long, 1.2–6 cm. wide, typically quite large, shortly acuminate at the apex, broadly cuneate to rounded at the base, glabrous; petioles 0.6–1.2(–1.8) cm. long; stipules triangular, 1.5–2 mm. long.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences sessile, the two axillary parts forming a globose cluster up to 2 cm. diameter appearing to be more bracteated than in other species with imbricated groups of bracts and bracteoles; bracts and secondary bracts semicircular, 2 mm. long and wide, adpressed pubescent; main bracteoles cupular, 1.5–2 mm. long, adpressed brown sericeous-pubescent, second and third bracteoles beneath the main cup also cupular and ± 2 mm. long.
    Calyx
    Calyx similarly pubescent; tube 1.2 mm. long; limb 2.5 mm. long, 4-toothed or ± truncate.
    Corolla
    Corolla creamy white, adpressed pubescent outside, acuminate in bud; tube 4.5–5 mm. long; lobes broadly ovate, 3 mm. long and wide, acute; throat densely white hairy.
    Style
    Style 7.5–8(–9.5) mm. long, densely white pubescent save near base.
    Fruits
    Fruit subglobose, 7–10 mm. wide, very slightly didymous with slight lateral groove, glabrous or puberulous around the base of the persistent calyx-limb remnant.
    Habitat
    Riverine forest, rain-forest; 150–900 m.
    Distribution
    T3 T6 T8 not known elsewhere

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Tanzania

    Polysphaeria braunii K.Krause appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jul 1, 1978 Drummond, R.B. [3137], Tanzania K000316821
    Jul 1, 1978 Drummond, R.B. [2392], Tanzania K000316838
    Jul 1, 1978 Drummond, R.B. [3137], Tanzania K000316841
    Jul 1, 1978 Eggeling, W.J. [6072], Tanzania K000316847
    Jul 1, 1978 Eggeling, W.J. [6072], Tanzania K000316848
    Jul 1, 1978 Procter, J. [2918], Tanzania K000316836
    Jul 1, 1978 Wallace, G.B. [276], Tanzania K000316844
    Jul 1, 1978 Peter, A. [55948], Tanzania K000316820
    Jul 1, 1978 Peter, A. [55629], Tanzania K000316826
    Jul 1, 1978 Peter, A. [55880], Tanzania K000316827
    Jul 1, 1978 Peter, A. [55950], Tanzania K000316828
    Jul 1, 1978 Peter, A. [55950], Tanzania K000316829
    Jul 1, 1978 Peter, A. [55624], Tanzania K000316830
    Jul 1, 1978 Peter, A. [56158], Tanzania K000316831
    Jul 1, 1978 Peter, A. [39903], Tanzania K000316832
    Jul 1, 1978 Peter, A. [55951], Tanzania K000316835
    Jul 1, 1978 Peter, A. [39903], Tanzania K000316839
    Jul 1, 1978 Peter, A. [55546], Tanzania K000316840
    Jul 1, 1978 Harris, B.J. [2966], Tanzania K000316929
    Jul 1, 1978 Harris, B.J. [2481], Tanzania K000316930
    Jul 1, 1978 Tanner, L. [3134], Tanzania K000316833
    Jul 1, 1978 Tanner, L. [3093], Tanzania K000316834
    Jul 1, 1978 Tanner, L. [3942], Tanzania K000316842
    Jul 1, 1978 Tanner, L. [3942], Tanzania K000316843
    Jul 1, 1978 Semsei, S.R. [591], Tanzania K000316837
    Jul 1, 1978 Stuhlmann [7408], Tanzania K000316845
    Jul 1, 1978 Schlieben, H.J. [3181], Tanzania K000316846
    Jul 1, 1978 Koritschoner, H. [1259], Tanzania K000316824
    Jul 1, 1978 Koritschoner, H. [1322], Tanzania K000316825
    Jul 1, 1978 Anatoli [6], Tanzania K000316849
    Jul 1, 1978 F.A. [84], Tanzania K000316927
    Ruffo [1518], Tanzania K000316818
    Abdallah, R. [114], Tanzania K000316822
    Abdallah, R. [114], Tanzania K000316823
    Frimodt-Moller, C. [650], Tanzania K000316928
    Metele, P. [42], Tanzania K000316819
    Hawthorne, W. [956], Tanzania K000316925
    Hawthorne, W. [969], Tanzania K000316926
    Pocs, A. [87055], Tanzania K000316924

    First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 57: 33 (1920)

    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.

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Verdc. in Kew Bulletin 35: 112 (1980).
    • J.P.M. Brenan, Check-lists of the Forest Trees and Shrubs of the British Empire no. 5, part II, Tanganyika Territory p. 519 (1949).
    • K. Krause in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 57: 33 (1920).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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