1. Family: Rubiaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Chamaepentas Bremek.
      1. Chamaepentas nobilis (S.Moore) Kårehed & B.Bremer

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

    [FZ]

    Rubiaceae, B. Verdcourt. Flora Zambesiaca 5:1. 1989

    Habit
    Shrub or herb 0.6–1.5(2.4) m. tall, the stems woody, ridged, grey-black, the epidermis ridged or rucked up, pubescent all over, often drying orange-ferruginous.
    Leaves
    Leaf blades 5–20 x 1.6–8.8 cm., ovate, ovate-elliptic or elliptic-oblong, acute at the apex, rounded or abruptly and then gradually cuneate, subscabrid above with very minute bristly hairs and on the costa and nerves beneath; petiole 0.2–1 cm. long; stipules with 3–5 subulate subequal setae 0.6–1.4(2) cm. long from a short base, with conspicuous colleters.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence small and c. 6-flowered or larger, lax, up to 25 x 15 cm.
    Flowers
    Flowers whitish, sometimes tinged reddish, sweetly scented, showing limited dimorphism. Flowers with style exserted 0–1.7 cm. and anthers included or with both included, but none with exserted anthers.
    Calyx
    Calyx shortly hairy; tube 5–7 mm. long; lobes 0.6–2.4 cm x 0.5–2 mm., subulate or minutely spathulate, equal, if a trifle spathulate then apical portion acute, 1.7 x 1.5 mm.
    Corolla
    Corolla tube pubescent, 7.5–14.2 cm. long, 1–3.5 mm. wide at base, dilated to 3–7 mm. for apical 1.2–2 cm.; lobes ovate-oblong, 1.2–2.1 cm. x 3–7 mm., acute; throat densely hirsute.
    Infructescences
    Fruiting inflorescence large, lax, with peduncle 10–12 cm. long.
    Fruits
    Fruits straw-coloured 1–1.7 cm. x 0.9–1.4 cm. x 8–9 mm., oblong, subglobose or dorsally compressed, with a very nervose frill formed by the limb tube of the calyx extending above the disk for 2.5–8 mm., minutely pubescent, the bases of the calyx lobes persistent.
    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Shrub or herb 0.6–1.2(–2.4) m. tall, the stems woody, ridged, grey-black, the epidermis ridged or rucked up, pubescent all over, often drying orange-ferruginous.
    Leaves
    Leaf-blades ovate, ovate-elliptic or elliptic-oblong, 5–20 cm. long, 1.6–8.8 cm. wide, acute at the apex, rounded or abruptly and then gradually cuneate, subscabrid above with very minute bristly hairs and on the costa and nerves beneath; petiole 0.2–1 cm. long; stipules with 3–5 subulate subequal setae 0.6–1.4(–2) cm. long from a short base, with conspicuous colleters.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence small and ± 6-flowered or larger, lax, up to 25 cm. long, 15 cm. wide.
    Flowers
    Flowers whitish, sometimes tinged reddish, sweetly scented, showing limited dimorphism. Flowers with style exserted 0–1.7 cm. and anthers included or with both included, but none with exserted anthers.
    Calyx
    Calyx shortly hairy; tube 5–7 mm. long; lobes subulate or minutely spathulate, equal, 0.6–2.4 cm. long, 0.5–2 mm. wide, if a trifle spathulate then apical portion acute, 1.7 mm. long, 1.5 mm. wide.
    Corolla
    Corolla-tube pubescent, 7.5–14.2 cm. long, 1–3.5 mm. wide at base, dilated to 3–7 mm. for apical 1.2–2 cm. long; lobes ovate-oblong, 1.2–2.1 cm. long, 3–7 mm. wide, acute; throat densely hirsute.
    Infructescences
    Fruiting inflorescence large, lax, with peduncle 10–12 cm. long.
    Fruits
    Fruits straw-coloured, oblong, subglobose or dorsally compressed, 1–1.7 cm. long, 0.9–1.4 cm. wide, 8–9 mm. thick, with a very nervose frill formed by the limb-tube of the calyx extending above the disc for 2.5–8 mm., minutely pubescent, the bases of the calyx-lobes persistent.
    Habitat
    On rocky hills in rock crevices, etc. in Brachystegia woodland; 1450–2450 m.
    Distribution
    T4 T7

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Chamaepentas nobilis (S.Moore) Kårehed & B.Bremer appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Bidgood, S. [5457], Tanzania K000190687
    Goetze, W. [852], Tanzania K000394969

    First published in Taxon 56: 1075 (2007)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R.H.A. (2011). World checklist of selected plant families published update Facilitated by the Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    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 2020. 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 2020. 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