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  1. Family: Malvaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Abutilon Mill.
      1. Species: Abutilon longicuspe Hochst. ex A.Rich.
        1. Abutilon longicuspe var. cecilii (N.E.Br.) Verdc.

        This variety is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia to Zimbabwe.

    [FTEA]

    Malvaceae, Bernard Verdcourt & Geoffrey Mwachala. Pavonia, B Verdcourt; Kosteletzkya, OJ Blanchard Jr.; Gossypium, P Fryxell & B Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2009

    Type
    Type: Zimbabwe, Manika, Inyanga, Cecil 196 (K!, holo.)
    Leaves
    Leaves with upper surface with more simple hairs than stellate and densely tomentose beneath together with long hairs; calyx tomentose.
    Ecology
    Forest and forest edges, bushland; 2100–2300 m
    Note
    I am not convinced that cecilii deserves specific rank. From northern Malawi on the Nyika Plateau there are several specimens with leaves very densely pilose with long hairs above and hardly any stellate ones and a mixture of coarse stellate and simple hairs beneath but other material from the same area lacks long hairs. Vollesen states there are differences in the shape of the mericarps at least in Ethiopia; he states the mericarps are 1-seeded in both cecilii and longecuspe but Pichi-Sermolli gives 3-seeded for his smenospermum and mentions the seeds are distinctly alveolate. There are two other specimens of this variety which need mention. Goujet 139 (Kenya, Nakuru District: Elburgon, 9 Jan. 1976 at 2400 m) differs from var. cecilii in having echinulate fruits, the margins of the dehisced mericarps appearing serrated. This may be an abnormality due to disease etc. and until more material is discovered I leave it as a form of var. cecilii. The other specimen Nattras s.n. (Kenya, Scott Agricultural Laboratory, Nairobi, Oct. 1953) appears to be var. cecilii but it is not clear if it was growing wild on part of the original cover occurring within the boundary of the laboratory (at that date) or whether it was cultivated material originally from some other source. Assessments of wild fibre producing plants were carried out at this laboratory.
    Distribution
    Flora districts: K1 K3 K6 T4 Range: Ethiopia, East Zimbabwe and North Malawi (see note)

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Abutilon longicuspe var. cecilii (N.E.Br.) Verdc. appears in other Kew resources:

    Bibliography

    First published in Fl. Trop. E. Africa, Malv.: 120 (2009)

    Accepted by

    • Verdcourt, B. & Mwachala, G.M. (2009). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Malvaceae: 1-170.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Edwards, S., Tadesse, M. & Hedberg, I. (eds.) (1995). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 2(2): 1-456. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    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