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This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia to E. DR Congo.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Shrub or small tree 2–7 m. high; branchlets somewhat cylindric, ferrugineus tomentose to glabrate and lenticillate.
Morphology Leaves
Petiole 1.8–4 cm. long, subcylindric, flattened or longitudinally grooved above, ferrugineus tomentellous to glabrate; leaflets oblong-obovate or elliptic, 5.5–18 cm. long, 3–11 cm. broad, the median usually slightly larger than the lateral ones, irregularly rounded to obtuse or acute at the apex, rather asymmetric and obtuse or cuneate (particularly the laterals) to narrowly cuneate (especially the median), halfway broadly crenate from the apex and entire towards the base, papyraceous or subcoriaceous, ferrugineus pubescent, discolorous especially the upper surface which also turns glabrate; midrib and the lateral nerves prominently raised beneath and conspicuous above; reticulation initially concealed by the indumentum but clear in the older leaves.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Panicles 10–28 cm. long, terminal and in the upper leaf-axils, pyramidal, ferrugineus tomentellous or pubescent, the terminal ones usually with bract-like leaves at the base; flowers rather glomerate, brownish white; ♂ with pedicel 0.5–2 mm. long, pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx-lobes oblong-ovate, 0.5–0.7 mm. long, pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals elliptic or oblong-ovate, 1–1.5 mm. long, 0.6–0.9 mm. broad, puberulent on the exterior.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disk saucer-shaped and crenate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary globular, 0.5–1 mm. in diameter; styles 3, 0.3–0.4 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Drupes globose 3–4 mm. in diameter, glabrous and shiny, pinkish-red.
Habitat
Upland evergreen bushland, forest edges, riverine associations; 1200–2450 m.
Distribution
K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 U1 U2 U3

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Zaïre

Searsia ruspolii (Engl.) Moffett appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Bothalia 37: 172 (2007)

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Kalema, J. & Beentje, H. (2012). Conservation checklist of the trees of Uganda: 1-235. Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. 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 2021. 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