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.


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

    Shrub or small tree, sometimes scandent, up to 8 m tall; young branches with a short greyish green pubescence to ± glabrous.
    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 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 white, turning brown or pale yellow when old; sepals 9–15 mm long; petals obovate, 3–5 mm long, 2–3 mm wide.
    Androgynophore glabrous for 1–1.5 mm at the base, pubescent and produced for 1–1.5 mm above the node.
    Stamens 6–9 mm long; filaments white; anthers yellow.
    Ovary ± 1 mm long, densely shortly greyish green pubescent; style 5–8 mm long; stigma pale green.
    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.
    Woodland, thicket, especially along rivers, sometimes found on termite mounds; 50–700 m
    T3 T6 T7 T8

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

    Scrambling or erect shrub or small tree up to 6 m. tall; branches thinly pubescent.
    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 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.
    Sepals up to 15 × 2 mm., linear-oblong, not thickened at the apex, greenish-tomentellous outside, white and glabrous within.
    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 with a glabrous lower portion c. 1 mm. long and a pubescent upper portion c. 1·5 mm. long.
    Ovary 4-lobed, densely setulose-pubescent; style c. 6 mm. long, glabrous; stigma-lobes broad.
    Fruit c. 15 mm. in diam., deeply 4-lobed, sparsely hispid.



    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.


    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).


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