1. Family: Rubiaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Rhodopentas Kårehed & B.Bremer
      1. Rhodopentas parvifolia (Hiern) Kårehed & B.Bremer

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Ethiopia to E. Tropical Africa.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Subshrub 0.6–2.5 m. tall, with erect or straggling often irregularly branched stems but not a true liane; in straggling forms the branches are frequently very unequally developed on opposite sides of a node; stems pale or purplish brown, woody, pubescent with white or ferruginous hairs above, glabrous below and the epidermis often peeling.
    Leaves
    Leaf-blades elliptic-lanceolate, ovate-lanceolate or oblong-elliptic, 1.2–9(–10.5) cm. long, 0.3–0.8(–2) cm. wide, acute at the apex, cuneate at the base, glabrescent to pubescent above, with fine white pubescence beneath; petiole 0–6 mm. long; stipules with 5–9 setae up to 6 mm. long from a brown base up to 4 mm. long.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence terminal, combined with axillary ones from the apical node, mostly 2–3 cm. wide, often only few-flowered; in one form the branches are distinctly spicate.
    Flowers
    Flowers scarlet, rarely pink and white, mostly dimorphic, but sometimes practically trimorphic. Long-styled flowers similar; corolla-tube enlarged cylindrically at apex to 1.5–5 mm. for a distance of 2–4 mm.; style exserted 1–6 mm.; stigma 2–2.5 mm. long; stamens completely included. Short-styled flowers; corolla-tube 0.7–1.8(–2.2) cm. long, 0.7 mm. wide, gradually dilated to 1–2 mm. at the apex; lobes oblong to linear-oblong, 2.5–10 mm. long, 1–3.3 mm. wide, glabrous or pubescent outside; stamens with anthers well exserted or rarely almost included; throat densely hairy.
    Calyx
    Calyx-tube obovoid, ± 1.5 mm. long and wide, glabrous to velutinous; lobes 5–6, unequal, the largest 0.3–1.2 cm. long, 0.7–2(–6) mm. wide, the rest short, 1.5 mm. long.
    Short-styled
    Short-styled flowers; corolla-tube 0.7–1.8(–2.2) cm. long, 0.7 mm. wide, gradually dilated to 1–2 mm. at the apex; lobes oblong to linear-oblong, 2.5–10 mm. long, 1–3.3 mm. wide, glabrous or pubescent outside; stamens with anthers well exserted or rarely almost included; throat densely hairy.
    Long-styled
    Long-styled flowers similar; corolla-tube enlarged cylindrically at apex to 1.5–5 mm. for a distance of 2–4 mm.; style exserted 1–6 mm.; stigma 2–2.5 mm. long; stamens completely included.
    Fruits
    Capsules as in P. bussei.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

    Rhodopentas parvifolia (Hiern) Kårehed & B.Bremer appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Milne-Redhead, E. [9356A], Tanzania 28490.000

    First published in Taxon 56: 1076 (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 of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
    'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.

    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