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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania to N. Malawi.

[FTEA]

Theaceae, B. Verdcourt (East African Herbarium). Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1962

Morphology General Habit
Glabrous tree (3–)8–12 m. tall.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves spirally arranged at ends of shoots, reddish-brown when dry, somewhat leathery, obovate-elliptic, rounded or obtuse at the apex, 4.5–9 cm. long and 1.5–2.5 (–4 fide Melchior) cm. wide ; margins entire, inrolled ; petiole 2-6 mm. long, glandular and flattened, gradually merging with the leaf-blade.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white or yellowish-white, solitary, axillary, dioecious, on rather compressed peduncles 2–3 cm. (–3.5 cm. in fruit) long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals 5, round or ovate, 2.5–4 mm. long and 5 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 7–10, obovate, rounded at the apex, narrowed below, 8 mm. long and 6 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens about 60 in male flowers, in several whorls, 4-5 mm. long, the anthers much longer than the filaments ; connective produced into an apiculus ; stamens in female flowers fewer and much reduced, in two whorls.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary in female flowers ovoid-conic ; stigma conspicuous, cap-like, covering the short style and apex of the ovary.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit indehiscent, ovoid, 1.2–1.6 × 0.7–1.0 cm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 2–4, ellipsoid, 9 × 5.5 mm.
Figures
Fig. 1.
Habitat
Mist-forest and upland rain-forest ; 1800–2300 m.
Distribution
T6 known only from the Uluguru Mts.

Native to:

Malawi, Tanzania

Ternstroemia polypetala Melch. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1997 Etuge, M. et. al. [3557], Cameroon K000198751
Oct 1, 1975 Letouzey, R. [13380], Cameroon K000198750
Drummond, R.B. [1647], Tanzania 8469.000
Drummond, R.B. [1647], Tanzania K000049761
Michelmore, A.P.G. [853], Tanzania K000049762
Pocs, T. [6833/A], Tanzania K000049763
Pocs, T. [6070/D], Tanzania K000049764
Bruce, E.M. [996], Tanzania K000049760
Bruce, E.M. [996], Tanzania K000049759
Chief Forester Iringa [H337/58], Tanzania K000049765

First published in Notizbl. Bot. Gart. Berlin-Dahlem 11: 1076 (1934)

Accepted by

  • Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Flora Zambesiaca 3(1): 1-153. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Verdcourt, B. (1962). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Theaceae: 1-8.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Flora Zambesiaca 3(1): 1-153. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Verdcourt, B. (1962). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Theaceae: 1-8.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • J.P.M. Brenan, Check-lists of the Forest Trees and Shrubs of the British Empire no. 5, part II, Tanganyika Territory p. : 606 (1949).
  • Melchior in Notizblatt des Botanischen Gartens und Museums zu Berlin-Dahelm 11 : 1095 (1934).

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