1. Family: Malvaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Grewia L.
      1. Grewia lepidopetala Garcke

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania to S. Tropical Africa.

    [FTEA]

    Tiliaceae, C. Whitehouse, M. Cheek, S. Andrews & B. Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2001

    Habit
    Shrub or small tree, sometimes scandent, up to 8 m tall; young branches with a short greyish green pubescence to ± glabrous.
    Leaves
    Leaves elliptic, ovate-elliptic to subrhombic, 2.7–18 cm long, 1.2–7.2 cm wide, acute to acuminate at the apex, rounded to cuneate at the base, margin serrate, ± glabrous above, thinly minutely stellate-pubescent beneath; petiole 4–6 mm long; stipules up to 6 mm long.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences terminal or leaf-opposed axillary 3–8-flowered cymes, axes covered with a short sparse greyish green pubescence, often glabrescent and then with pale lenticels; peduncle 5–15 mm long; pedicels 10–12 mm long.
    Flowers
    Flowers white, turning brown or pale yellow when old; sepals 9–15 mm long; petals obovate, 3–5 mm long, 2–3 mm wide.
    Androgynophore
    Androgynophore glabrous for 1–1.5 mm at the base, pubescent and produced for 1–1.5 mm above the node.
    Stamens
    Stamens 6–9 mm long; filaments white; anthers yellow.
    Pistil
    Ovary ± 1 mm long, densely shortly greyish green pubescent; style 5–8 mm long; stigma pale green.
    Fruits
    Fruit (1–)4-lobed, 9–14 mm wide, the lobes obovoid, 5–7 mm long, 4–6 mm wide, 3–4 mm high, green maturing black, scattered with a few minute stellate hairs.
    Habitat
    Woodland, thicket, especially along rivers, sometimes found on termite mounds; 50–700 m
    Distribution
    T3 T6 T7 T8
    [FZ]

    Tiliaceae, H. Wild. Flora Zambesiaca 2:1. 1963

    Habit
    Scrambling or erect shrub or small tree up to 6 m. tall; branches thinly pubescent.
    Leaves
    Leaf-lamina 2·5–11 × 1·6–5 cm., obovate-oblong to elliptic-oblong, shortly and acutely acuminate at the apex, margin finely serrate-dentate, abruptly cuneate or rounded at the base, glabrous above, very finely but densely stellately whitish-pubescent below or finally glabrescent; petiole up to 5 mm. long, thinly pubescent; stipules 3–4 mm. long, keeled, linear-lanceolate.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences leaf-opposed but usually concentrated towards the ends of the branches, 3–9-flowered; peduncles up to 15 mm. long, finely pubescent; pedicels similar, up to 12 mm. long; bracts 2–3 mm. long, pubescent.
    Calyx
    Sepals up to 15 × 2 mm., linear-oblong, not thickened at the apex, greenish-tomentellous outside, white and glabrous within.
    Corolla
    Petals white or pinkish, 4–5 mm. in diam., subcircular, with a much narrower nectariferous claw c. 1 mm. long circumvillous inside and ledged above.
    Androgynophore
    Androgynophore with a glabrous lower portion c. 1 mm. long and a pubescent upper portion c. 1·5 mm. long.
    Pistil
    Ovary 4-lobed, densely setulose-pubescent; style c. 6 mm. long, glabrous; stigma-lobes broad.
    Fruits
    Fruit c. 15 mm. in diam., deeply 4-lobed, sparsely hispid.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zimbabwe

    Grewia lepidopetala Garcke appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Kirk, J. [s.n.], Mozambique K000975733
    Kirk, J. [s.n.], Mozambique K000975732
    Goetze, W. [109], Tanzania K000241859
    Peters, W. [s.n.], Mozambique K000975734 Unknown type material

    First published in W.C.H.Peters, Naturw. Reise Mossambique 6(1): 135 (1861)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS G: 1-40325.
    • Whitehouse, C., Cheek, M., Andrews, S. & Verdcourt, B. (2001). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Tiliaceae & Muntingiaceae: 1-120.
    • Exell, A.W., Fernandes, A. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1963). Flora Zambesiaca 2(1): 1-351. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Vollesen in Opera Bot. 59: 33 (1980).
    • Wild & Gonç. in Fl. Moçamb. 28: 34 (1969).
    • Wild in Flora Zambesiaca 2: 61 (1963).
    • J.P.M. Brenan, Check-lists of the Forest Trees and Shrubs of the British Empire no. 5, part II, Tanganyika Territory p. 617 (1949).
    • Burret in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 45: 196 (1910).
    • K. Schum. in Die Pflanzenwelt Ost-Afrikas und der Nachbargebiete, Theile C: 263 (1895).
    • Mast. in Flora of Tropical Africa: 245 (1868).
    • Garcke in Peters, Reise Mossamb. Bot. 1: 135 (1862).

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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