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  1. Family: Sapotaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Donella Pierre ex Baill.
      1. Donella welwitschii (Engl.) Pierre ex Engl.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is W. Tropical Africa to NW. Zambia.

    [FZ]

    Sapotaceae, F. K. Kupicha. Flora Zambesiaca 7:1. 1983

    Habit
    Evergreen climber up to 20 m. high with very slender trunk, or shrub 3–5 m. tall; twigs long, leafy, often only sparingly branched.
    Buds
    Apical buds, young stems and petioles appressed brownish–pubescent; older branches glabrescent, with smooth brown bark.
    Leaves
    Leaves chartaceous; lamina 4–11 x 1·5–4·5 cm., oblong, oblong–obovate or oblong–elliptic, apex cuspidate–acuminate with narrowly oblong tip 5–7 mm. long, base rounded or acute; petiole 2–4 mm. long.
    Leaf lamina
    Lamina glabrous on both surfaces except for midrib of lower surface, this very prominent and sometimes brownish–pubescent.
    Leaf veins
    Lateral nerves numerous, closely spaced, parallel, joined into a continuous prominent marginal vein.
    Flowers
    Flowers white to greenish–yellow, in few– to many–flowered fascicles in leaf axils; pedicels 1–3 mm. long; buds c. 1 mm. long, globose.
    Calyx
    Calyx c. 1·5 mm. long, of 5 orbicular, cucullate, strongly imbricate sepals sparsely pilose on dorsal surface.
    Corolla
    Corolla c. 2 mm, long, urceolate, the tube ± equalling lobes, these elliptic, ciliate.
    Stamens
    Stamens inserted at base of corolla–tube; anthers c. 0·5 mm. long; filaments glabrous.
    Gynoecium
    Gynoecium c. 1 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Fruits up to 4·5 x 3 cm., ovoid, tapering at apex into a narrow beak, 3–seeded, 3–4–lobed (at least when dry), greenish.
    Seeds
    Seeds c. 1·7 cm. long, testa mottled yellowish–brown.
    [FWTA]

    Sapotaceae, H. Heine. Flora of West Tropical Africa 2. 1963

    Habit
    A climbing shrub
    Flowers
    Small greenish flowers in axillary clusters.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Benin, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Zambia, Zaïre

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Donella welwitschii (Engl.) Pierre ex Engl. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1995 Nemba, J. [520], Cameroon Chrysophyllum welwitschii K000027943
    Letouzey, R. [14068], Cameroon Chrysophyllum welwitschii K000027944
    Welwitsch [4830], Angola Chrysophyllum welwitschii K000430614
    Welwitsch [4831], Angola Chrysophyllum welwitschii K000430615
    Welwitsch [4832], Angola Chrysophyllum welwitschii K000430616
    Welwitsch [4833], Angola Chrysophyllum welwitschii K000430617
    Klaine, R.P. [528], Gabon Chrysophyllum welwitschii K000430620

    Bibliography

    First published in Monogr. Afrik. Pflanzen-Fam. 8: 41 (1904)

    Not accepted by

    • Govaerts, R., Frodin, D.G. & Pennington, D. (2001 publ. 2002). World Checklist and Bibliography of Sapotaceae: 1-364. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. [Cited as Chrysophyllum welwitschii.]

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions

    • Lisowski, S. (2009). Flore (Angiospermes) de la République de Guinée Scripta Botanica Belgica 41: 1-517.
    • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.

    Sources

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

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

    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    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