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

[FTEA]

Anacardiaceae, J. O. Kokwaro (University of Nairobi). Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1986

Morphology General Habit
Suffrutex or small branched shrub 0.5–1(–3.6) m. high; branches reddish brown, cylindric, rather densely puberulous with somewhat crisped hairs mixed with long patent ones.
Morphology Leaves
Petiole 1–4 cm. long, robust, longitudinally grooved to somewhat flat above, rather densely hispidous or puberulous and scrofulous to glabrescent; juvenile leaflets papyraceous, rusty-yellow with faint venation, the adult ones subcoriaceous or coriaceous, discolorous when dry (dull green or brownish above, yellowish green, ochraceous or ferrugineous beneath), sparsely to densely hispid mainly on the midrib and lateral nerves on both surfaces, rather densely and softly scrofulous-glandular (glandular hairs being small, many-branched, yellowish and shining) beneath and not so densely so above, entire or rarely crenate in the upper part; median leaflet elliptic, obovate or broadly obovate, sometimes oblanceolate, 3.5–11 cm. long, 1.7–5 cm. broad, obtuse or rounded to acute at the apex, cuneate at the base and sometimes petiolulate; lateral leaflets sessile, obovate, 1.8–7.5 cm. long, 1–4 cm. broad, obtuse at the apex, asymmetric at the base; midrib, lateral nerves and reticulation raised on both surfaces but more prominently beneath.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Panicles 2–10 cm. long, terminal and axillary (in the upper leaf-axils) usually longer than the leaves, making in all a large terminal leafy inflorescence up to 30 cm. long; axis and pedicels hispid and lepidote-glandular.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx-segments ovate, 0.7–1 mm. long, hispid.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals oblong, 1.3–1.5 mm. long, 0.8–1 mm. broad.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary subglobose; styles normally 3 but occasionally 2 or 4.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Drupe globose, up to 4 mm. in diameter, brown, glabrous and shining.
Habitat
Brachystegia woodland; 1300–2100 m.
Distribution
T4 T7

[FZ]

Anacardiaceae, Rosette Fernandes and A. Fernandes. Flora Zambesiaca 2:2. 1966

Morphology General Habit
Suffrutex or small branched shrub 0·6–1·2(3·6) m. tall.
Morphology Branches
Branches reddish-brown, cylindric, ± densely puberulous with somewhat crisped hairs mixed with longer patent ones.
Morphology Leaves Petiole
Petiole 1–4 cm. long, robust, canaliculate above, ± densely hispidous or puberulous and scrofulous to glabrescent.
Morphology Leaves
Juvenile leaves papyraceous with faint venation, the adult ones subcoriaceous or coriaceous, discolorous when dried (dull green or brownish above, yellowish-green, ochraceous or ferrugineous beneath), sparsely to very densely hispid mainly on the midrib and lateral nerves on both surfaces, ± densely and softly scrofulous-glandular (glandular hairs small, many-branched, yellowish, shining) below and not so densely so above, entire, rarely crenate in the upper part; median-leaflet 3·8–11 × 1·7–5 cm., elliptic, obovate to broadly obovate, sometimes oblanceolate, obtuse or subobtuse or rounded or acute at the apex and cuneate at the base and sometimes petiolulate, the lateral ones 1·8–7·5 × 0·9–4 cm., sessile, obovate, obtuse at the apex and asymmetric at the base; midrib, lateral nerves and reticulation raised on both surfaces, more strongly so below.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Panicles terminal and axillary (in the upper leaf-axils) usually longer than the leaves, making in all a large terminal leafy inflorescence up to 30 × 25 cm.; axis and pedicels hispid and lepidote-glandular.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Male flowers: calyx-segments 0·75–1 mm. long, ovate, hispid; petals 1·5 mm. long, oblong.
sex Male
Male flowers: calyx-segments 0·75–1 mm. long, ovate, hispid; petals 1·5 mm. long, oblong.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Drupe brown, shining, up to 4 mm. in diam., globose, glabrous.

Native to:

Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia

Searsia ochracea (Meikle) Moffett appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Whyte, A. [s.n.], Malawi Rhus ochracea K000423182

First published in Bothalia 37: 171 (2007)

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Exell, A.W., Fernandes, A. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1966). Flora Zambesiaca 2(2): 353-653. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora Zambesiaca
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
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