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

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
A much-branched sometimes thorny shrub or small tree up to 8 m. high; branches with dull greyish rough lenticellate bark, glabrous or glabrescent; branchlets somewhat densely spreading pilose with slender hairs, yellowish.
Morphology Leaves
Petiole 1–4 cm. long, convex below, somewhat longitudinally grooved above, pubescent or pilose; median leaflet ovate, obovate, subcircular, ovate-oblong or elliptic, 2.5–11.5 cm. long, 1.5–5(–7) cm. broad, obtuse to rounded or truncate at the apex, subacute or acute to cuneate at the base, often much contracted and subpetiolate; lateral leaflets oblong-ovate to subcircular, 1.5–6 cm. long, 1–4 cm. broad, cuneate at the base; all leaflets discolorous (glaucous or dull green above, paler and generally yellowish below), papyraceous to subcoriaceous, somewhat spreading pubescent on both surfaces, relatively glabrescent or almost glabrous, the upper 2/3 of the margin coarsely crenate or bicrenate, the lower portion entire, rarely the leaflets entire; midrib and lateral nerves prominent beneath; venation scarcely visible.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Panicles up to 15(–25) cm. long, axillary and terminal, lax, the axis and branches pilose; pedicels 1–2 mm. long, articulated below the calyx.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx-segments ovate, 0.4–0.6 mm. long, obtuse.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 1.2–1.5 mm. long, obtuse.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disk 5-lobulate and patelliform.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary globose; styles ± 0.4 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Drupe compressed, subquadrangular or subcircular, 5–7 mm. in diameter, pruinose, brownish.
Habitat
Wooded grassland and bushland, especially on rocky slopes, hardly in miombo; 900–1950m.
Distribution
Zaire, Sudan, Ethiopia and southwards to Cape Province of South Africa K4 K6 T2 T5 T6 T7

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
A much-branched sometimes thorny shrub or small tree up to 8 m. tall; branches with dull-greyish rough lenticellate bark, glabrous or glabrescent; branchlets ± densely patent-pilose, the hairs slender, yellowish.
Morphology Leaves Petiole
Petiole 1–3 cm. long, dorsally convex, slightly canaliculate, ± pilose.
Morphology Leaves Leaflets
Leaflets discolorous (glaucous or dull green above, paler and generally yellowish below), papyraceous to subcoriaceous, ± patent-pubescent on both surfaces, rarely glabrescent or almost glabrous, with the margin of the upper 2/3 coarsely crenate or bicrenate or almost lobed with crenate lobes, the lower portion entire or (rarely) the leaflets quite entire; midrib and lateral nerves prominulous above, prominent below, venation scarcely visible; median leaflet 2·5–11·5 × 1·5–5(7) cm., ovate, obovate, subcircular, ovate-oblong or elliptic, obtuse, rounded or truncate at the apex, sometimes subobtuse, subacute or acute, cuneate at the base, often much contracted and subpetiolulate; lateral leaflets 1·5–6 × 1–4 cm., oblong-ovate to subcircular, cuneate at the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Panicles up to 15 cm. long, axillary and terminal, lax, the axis and branches pilose; pedicels 1–2 mm. long, articulated below the calyx.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx-segments c. 0·5 mm. long, ovate, obtuse.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 1·25–1·5 mm. long, obtuse.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disk patelliform, 5-lobulate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary globose; styles c. 0·4 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Drupe brownish, up to 5 × 7 (8·5) mm., compressed, subquadrangular or subcircular in outline, pruinose.

Native to:

Angola, Botswana, Cape Provinces, Caprivi Strip, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

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

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Nov 15, 1962 Son, G. van [28763], Botswana Rhus tenuinervis K000511017
Nov 15, 1962 Son, G. van [28763], Botswana Rhus tenuinervis K000511018
Story, R. [4889], Botswana Rhus tenuinervis K000511008
Pope, G.V. [332], Botswana Rhus tenuinervis K000511016
Wild, H. [6973], Botswana Rhus tenuinervis K000511014
Wild, H. [6845], Botswana Rhus tenuinervis K000511015
Welwitsch [4418], Angola Rhus tenuinervis K000423097 Unknown type material
Baum, H. [744], Angola Rhus tenuinervis K000423096 Unknown type material
Smith, P.P. [21], Botswana Rhus tenuinervis K000511010
Smith, P.P. [86], Botswana Rhus tenuinervis K000511011
Smith, P.P. [1374], Botswana Rhus tenuinervis K000511013
Brown, R.C. [s.n.], Botswana Rhus tenuinervis K000511012
Cox, T.J. [339], Botswana Rhus tenuinervis K000511009
Timberlake, J. [6028], Malawi Rhus tenuinervis K000614740
Christenhusz, M.J.M., Kamau, P., Mbale, M. [6680], Kenya Rhus tenuinervis K000696610

First published in Bothalia 37: 172 (2007)

Accepted by

  • Mannheimer, C.A. & Curtis, B.A. (eds.) (2009). Le Roux and Müller's field guide to the trees and shrubs of Namibia, rev. ed.: 1-525. Macmillan Education Namibia, Windhoek.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Mannheimer, C.A. & Curtis, B.A. (eds.) (2009). Le Roux and Müller's field guide to the trees and shrubs of Namibia, rev. ed.: 1-525. Macmillan Education Namibia, Windhoek.
  • Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Alves, T., Francisco, J., Harris, T., Nangoma, D. & de Sousa, C. (2009). Biodiversity and Conservation of Mchese Mountain, Malawi. Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036: 1-71. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Hedberg, I. & Edwards, S. (eds.) (1989 publ. 1990). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 3: 1-659. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
  • Exell, A.W., Fernandes, A. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1966). Flora Zambesiaca 2(2): 353-653. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Robyns, W. & al. (eds.) (1948-1963). Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi 1-10.

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