1. Family: Rubiaceae Juss.
    1. Lelya Bremek.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tropical Africa.

    [FZ]

    Rubiaceae, B. Verdcourt. Flora Zambesiaca 5:1. 1989

    Habit
    Prostrate perennial herb.
    Leaves
    Leaves paired, small, shortly petiolate; stipules in lower part of stem with sheath produced into an undivided triangular lobe, in the upper part deeply bifid into narrowly triangular fimbriae or less often with 3 fimbriae.
    Flowers
    Flowers small, hermaphrodite, dimorphic, in terminal triads or sometimes solitary.
    Calyx
    Calyx tube ovoid or ellipsoid; lobes 4, equal, oblong-elliptic or oblong-spathulate, rather thick, exceeding the tube, joined at the base to form a free tube.
    Corolla
    Corolla tube shortly cylindrical or narrowly funnel-shaped, sparsely pilose inside; lobes 4, elliptic-oblong to oblong-lanceolate.
    Stamens
    Stamens completely exserted in short-styled forms.
    Pistil
    Ovary 2-locular, with peltate placentas and 8 to fairly numerous ovules; style stoutly filiform, minutely bifid at apex, the stigma lobes short, subglobose or ellipsoid.
    Fruits
    Fruit capsular with bony walls, ellipsoid, produced into a solid beak; at length apically loculicidally dehiscent Seeds few per locule, blackish, angular, pitted.
    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Prostrate perennial herb
    Leaves
    Leaves paired, small, shortly petiolate; stipules in lower part of stem with sheath produced into an undivided triangular lobe, in the upper part deeply bifid into narrowly triangular fimbriae or less often with 3 fimbriae
    Flowers
    Flowers white, small, hermaphrodite, dimorphic, in terminal triads or sometimes solitary
    Calyx
    Calyx-tube ovoid or ellipsoid; lobes 4, equal, oblong-elliptic or oblong-spathulate, rather thick, exceeding the tube, joined at the base to form a free tube
    Corolla
    Corolla-tube shortly cylindrical or narrowly funnel-shaped, sparsely pilose inside; lobes 4, elliptic-oblong to oblong-lanceolate
    Stamens
    Stamens completely exserted in short-styled forms
    Pistil
    Ovary 2-locular, with peltate placentas and 8 to fairly numerous ovules; style stoutly filiform, minutely bifid at apex, the stigma-lobes short, subglobose or ellipsoid
    Fruits
    Fruit capsular with bony walls, ellipsoid, produced into a solid beak, at length apically loculicidally dehiscent
    Seeds
    Seeds few per locule, blackish, angular, pitted.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre

    Lelya Bremek. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Verh. Kon. Ned. Akad. Wetensch., Afd. Natuurk., Sect. 2, 48(2): 181 (1952)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    • in Verh. K. Nederl. Akad. Wetensch., Afd. Natuurk., sect. 2, 48: 181 (1952).
    Flora Zambesiaca
    • W.H. Lewis in Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 52: 189 (1965).
    • in Verh. K. Nederl. Akad. Wet. Afd. Natuurk., ser. 2, 48(2): 181 (1952).
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • W. H. Lewis in Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 52: 189 (1965)
    • in Verh. K. Nederl. Akad. Wet., Afd. Natuurk., ser. 2, 48(2): 181 (1952)

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    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 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