1. Family: Rubiaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Sabicea Aubl.
      1. Sabicea dinklagei K.Schum.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is W. Central & S. Tropical Africa to Uganda.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Scandent shrub 2.3–4.5(–9) m. long; stems fairly slender, reddish brown, the young parts with scattered longer spreading hairs, often purplish in life, and short denser adpressed pubescence, the older stems with bark tending to peel.
    Leaves
    Leaf-blades ± elliptic, 1.6–7(–11) cm. long, 0.7–3.6(–5.5) cm. wide, shortly to distinctly acuminate at the apex, cuneate at the base, drying darkish green above, paler green beneath, with reddish very reticulate venation, with scattered adpressed subscabrid hairs above, adpressed hairy on the main venation beneath; petioles 0.3–1.2 cm. long, spreading hairy; stipules transversely oblate, 2.5–5.5 mm. long, 2.8–5 mm. wide, rounded or emarginate at the apex, with bristly colleters inside.
    Flowers
    Flowers in tight capitate few-flowered inflorescences ± 1 cm. wide; peduncles 0.6–2.5(–4) cm. long; pedicels obsolete; bracts conspicuous, all reddish at the base when dry, the outer pair 6–10 mm. long, 4–6 mm. wide, joined near the extreme base to form a ± boat-shaped involucre, the inner 6 lateral ones slightly smaller, 5 mm. long, 3 mm. wide, ± hairy.
    Calyx
    Calyx-tube subglobose, pilose or pubescent, the tubular part of limb 1–2 mm. long, glabrous; lobes elliptic, oblong or subspathulate, 1–3 mm. long, 0.6–1 mm. wide, minutely pubescent on inner face, with longer marginal hairs and on midrib outside.
    Corolla
    Corolla white or pinkish; tube cylindrical, 6–8 mm. long, silky pilose above outside; lobes 4–5, narrowly ovate, 3–3.5 mm. long, 1.8–2 mm. wide, silky pilose outside.
    Anthers
    Anthers near top of corolla-tube in long-styled flowers, tips just exserted in short-styled flowers.
    Pistil
    Style 8 mm. long in long-styled flowers, the style-arms and stigma together 1.5–2.5 mm. long; style 4.5 mm. long in short-styled flowers, the arms and stigmas 3 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Fruit globose, purple or crimson when ripe with whitish bloom, ± 1 cm. in diameter, pubescent or glabrous, with a wine-coloured pulp.
    Habitat
    Forest edge; 1350 m.
    Distribution
    U2
    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Scandent shrub; stems 2.3–4.5(9) m long, fairly slender, reddish-brown, the young parts with scattered longer spreading hairs, often purplish (in life) and short denser appressed pubescence, the older stems with bark tending to peel.
    Leaves
    Leaf blades 1.6–7(11) × 0.7–3.6(5.5) cm, ± elliptic, shortly to distinctly acuminate at the apex, cuneate at the base, drying darkish green above, paler green beneath, with reddish very reticulate venation, with scattered appressed subscabrid hairs above, appressed hairy on the main venation beneath; petioles 0.3–1.2 cm long, spreading hairy; stipule limbs 2.5–5.5 × 2.8–5 mm, transversely oblate, rounded or emarginate at the apex, with bristly colleters inside.
    Flowers
    Flowers in tight capitate few-flowered inflorescences about 1 cm wide; peduncles 0.6–2.5(4) cm long; pedicels obsolete; bracts conspicuous, all reddish at the base when dry, the outer pair 6–10 × 4–6 mm, joined near the extreme base to form a ± boat-shaped involucre, the inner 6 lateral ones slightly smaller, 5 × 3 mm, ± hairy.
    Calyx
    Calyx tube subglobose, pilose or pubescent, limb-tube 1–2 mm long, glabrous; lobes 1–3 × 0.6–1 mm, elliptic, oblong or subspathulate, minutely pubescent on inner face, with longer marginal hairs and on midrib outside.
    Corolla
    Corolla white or pinkish; tube 6–8 mm long, cylindric, silky pilose above outside; lobes 4–5, 3–3.5 × 1.8–2 mm, narrowly ovate, silky pilose outside.
    Anthers
    Anthers near top of corolla tube in long-styled flowers, tips just exserted in short-styled flowers.
    Style
    Style 8 mm long in long-styled flowers, the style arms and stigma together 1.5–2.5 mm long; style 4.5 mm long in short-styled flowers, the arms and stigmas 3 mm long.
    Fruits
    Fruit about 1 cm in diameter, globose, purple or crimson when ripe, with whitish bloom, pubescent or glabrous, with a wine-coloured pulp.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Malawi, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Sabicea dinklagei K.Schum. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Hens [139], Congo, DRC K000414579
    Milne-Redhead, E. [2943A], Zambia Sabicea laurentii 10542.000
    Milne-Redhead, E. [4220], Angola Sabicea laurentii 8574.000
    Brenan, J.P.M. [8065], Zambia Sabicea laurentii 24765.000

    First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 23: 428 (1896)

    Accepted by

    • Lejoy, J., Ndjele, M.-B. & Geerinck, D. (2010). Catalogue-flore des plantes vasculaires des districts de Kisangani et de la Tshopo (RD Congo) Taxonomania. Revue de Taxonomie et de Nomenclature Botaniques 30: 1-307.
    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Sosef, M.S.M. & al. (2006). Check-list des plantes vasculaires du Gabon Scripta Botanica Belgica 35: 1-438.
    • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.
    • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Harris, D.J. (2002). The vascular plants of the Dzanga-Sangha Reserve, Central African Republic: 1-274. National Botanic Garden (Belgium), Meise.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Lejoy, J., Ndjele, M.-B. & Geerinck, D. (2010). Catalogue-flore des plantes vasculaires des districts de Kisangani et de la Tshopo (RD Congo) Taxonomania. Revue de Taxonomie et de Nomenclature Botaniques 30: 1-307.
    • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.
    • Harris, D.J. (2002). The vascular plants of the Dzanga-Sangha Reserve, Central African Republic: 1-274. National Botanic Garden (Belgium), Meise.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Hallé, Fl. Gabon 12, Rubiacées, 1: 169, t. 35/1,2 (1966).
    • Wernham, Monogr. Sabicea: 70 (1914).
    • K. Schum. in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 23: 428 (1897).

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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