1. Family: Santalaceae R.Br.
    1. Genus: Thesium L.
      1. Thesium panganense Polhill

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

    [FTEA]

    Santalaceae, P.M. Polhill, B.A., Ph.D., F.L.S. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2005

    Habit
    Perennial herb, the taproot thickened and forked at the apex to form a rootstock, and covered with small cone-like vegetative buds bearing scales 0.2–0.8 mm long, also producing rhizomes bearing further buds; stems dull green, numerous, erect, forming tufts, 13–20 cm tall, with scale leaves at the base grading into leaves, then soon producing ascending branches, the first ones sterile, the subsequent ones fertile above; ribs strongly raised and running into the midribs of leaves and bracts, with a slight tendency to lesser raised ribs running into the edges of the leaves (often more apparent in the inflorescences).
    Leaves
    Leaves:scales ovate to spathulate, 1–3 mm long; foliage leaves dull green, ascending, linear, 5–20x0.5–1 mm, acute and apiculate, minutely scabridulous along margins, the midrib slightly raised.
    Flowers
    Flowers 3–many in dichasial cymes, the upper part of the plant conspicuously floriferous, rather lax to slightly crowded terminally; primary peduncles 5–15 mm long, shorter upwards; bracts basally adnate to peduncles for 1–2 mm, leafy, linear, 5–12x0.4–0.8 mm; bracteoles similar to bracts but smaller.
    Perianth
    Perianth buff-coloured; tube 0.8–1 mm long, with glands no more than slight swellings below sinuses of lobes; lobes triangular, acute, 1–1.2x0.6–0.7 mm, minutely ciliolate.
    Stamens
    Stamens inserted at base of perianth lobes; filaments 0.2–0.3 mm long; anthers 0.3–0.4 mm long.
    Pistil
    Style 0.8–1 mm long; stigma reaching top of perianth tube or slightly above.
    Fruits
    Fruit reddish brown, ovoid-globose, 2.2–3 mm long, 2–2.5 mm in diameter, ribbed and with moderately raised reticulation between.
    Figures
    Fig. 3 (page 10).
    Habitat
    Scattered tree grassland after burning; ± 100 m
    Distribution
    T3 known only from the type gathering

    Images

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Tanzania

    Thesium panganense Polhill appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Milne-Redhead, E. [7314], Tanzania K000431468 holotype

    First published in Fl. Trop. E. Africa, Santalac.: 9 (2005)

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Polhill, R.M. (2005). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Santalaceae: 1-27.

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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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