1. Family: Rubiaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Rothmannia Thunb.
      1. Rothmannia capensis Thunb.

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

    [FZ]

    Rubiaceae, D.M.Bridson & B.Verdcourt. Flora Zambesiaca 5:3. 2003

    Habit
    Shrub or small tree 2.4–16 m tall; young branches glabrous or less often finely pubescent, older branches with bark flaking off to reveal a rusty-coloured underlayer.
    Leaves
    Leaf blades 3.2–12 × 1.5–5.5 cm, elliptic to broadly elliptic, obtuse to acute at apex, acute at base, subcoriaceous to coriaceous, moderately shiny above, glabrous or sometimes pubescent beneath when young; domatia present as hair-lined pits, clearly visible as blisters on upper surface; petioles 1–3(5) mm long; stipules 3–5 mm long, triangular usually with a decurrent acumen, eventually caducous.
    Flowers
    Flowers solitary; peduncle very abbreviated; pedicels up to 2 mm long; bracteoles resembling reduced stipules.
    Calyx
    Calyx glabrous or occasionally finely pubescent; tube 0.6–1 cm long; limb-tube (0.6)1.2–1.4 cm long, tubular, never splitting; lobes linear (0.5)1.1–2.2 cm long, the bases well separated by sinuses, ciliate.
    Corolla
    Corolla white or cream, with maroon spots in the throat, sometimes these in lines behind anthers not extending to base of lobes, glabrous or glabrescent outside; tube 3.5–5.5 cm long, the widened portion 2.2–3.5 cm long and 1.8–3.4 cm wide at the top; lobes 2.7–3.5 × 1.2–1.6 cm, ovate, long acuminate, usually ciliate, overlapping to the right in bud.
    Anthers
    Anthers c. 2 cm long, ± one third exserted.
    Style
    Style 2.5–5.5 mm long.
    Pollen presenter
    Pollen presenter 2–2.5 × 0.15–0.3 cm, exserted.
    Fruits
    Fruit 7–8.5 cm in diameter, spherical with 5(or 10) shallow, well spaced ribs; calyx limb deciduous leaving a pale pentangular scar.
    Seeds
    Seeds c. 7 × 7 × 2–2.5 mm.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

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

    Rothmannia capensis Thunb. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 20, 1961 Compton, R.H. [30455], Swaziland K000285291
    May 1, 1948 Rogers, F.A. [24769], South Africa K000285285
    Galpin, E.E. [11899], South Africa K000285288
    illegible [7654], South Africa K000285286
    Flanagan, H.G. [2861], South Africa K000285287
    Sutton, J.D. [929], South Africa K000285284
    Compton, R.H. [31334], Swaziland K000285290
    Edwards, D. [2637], South Africa K000285289
    Robertson, H. [546], Botswana K000285282
    Vuuren, D.V. [524], South Africa K000285283

    First published in Kongl. Vetensk. Acad. Handl. 37: 65 (1776)

    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

    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
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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