1. Family: Santalaceae R.Br.
    1. Genus: Thesium L.
      1. Thesium microphyllum Robyns & Lawalrée

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Kenya to Burundi.

    [FTEA]

    Santalaceae, P.M. Polhill, B.A., Ph.D., F.L.S. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2005

    Habit
    Perennial herb; rootstock slender, bearing 1–several stems at the apex and later scattered along slender lateral rhizomes; vegetative buds inconspicuous, cone-like, 1–2 mm long, with scales mostly less than 0.5 mm long; stems green, erect, 6–35 cm tall, slender, simple to virgately branched; ribs evident almost to base of the stem, extending upwards into midrib of scales and bracts.
    Leaves
    Leaves all reduced to scales, grading upwards into bracts, ± scarious, ovate to lanceolate, 1–3x0.7–1.2 mm, acute or subacute, slightly erose.
    Flowers
    Flowers solitary in each bract, sessile, ± 8–20, laxly arranged in spikes starting near base of stem and sometimes extended as sterile scaly shoots above; bracts ovate-lanceolate, 1.5–2.5x0.7–1.2 mm, acuminate, keeled, slightly fimbriate or ciliate; bracteoles 2, similar but often a little longer.
    Perianth
    Perianth yellow-green, white inside; tube 1.5–2.5 mm long, with elongate linear-elliptic glands from near base to near sinuses of lobes, sometimes obscure; lobes linear-triangular, 2–2.8 mm long, with a small hood 0.2–0.3 mm long, margins inflexed, fimbriate near apex inside or all along the margins.
    Stamens
    Stamens inserted at base of perianth lobes; filaments 1 mm long, visible below the anther; anthers 0.7–1 mm long.
    Pistil
    Style 3.5–4.5 mm long; stigma reaching base of hoods.
    Fruits
    Fruit buff to light brown, ovoid-globose, 2.5–3 mm long, 2–2.5 mm in diameter, strongly ribbed and reticulate.
    Habitat
    Short edaphic grassland subject to burning, by lakes, swamps or in depressions (vleis), on sandy or clay soils; 1050–1800 m
    Distribution
    K3 K4 U2 U4

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Burundi, Kenya, Uganda

    Thesium microphyllum Robyns & Lawalrée appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Bull. Jard. Bot. État Bruxelles 31: 518 (1961)

    Accepted by

    • Polhill, R.M. (2005). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Santalaceae: 1-27.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Polhill, R.M. (2005). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Santalaceae: 1-27.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Robyns & Lawalrée in Bulletin du Jardin botanique de l'État a Bruxelles 31: 518 (1961).

    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 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