1. Family: Malvaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Grewia L.
      1. Grewia microcarpa K.Schum.

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

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Shrub or tree up to 9 m. tall; young branchlets very slender, pubescent, soon becoming glabrous and plum-coloured.
    Leaves
    Leaf-lamina 1·5–6 × 0·7–3 cm., elliptic, ovate-elliptic or lanceolate, acute at the apex, margin finely serrate, rounded at the base, minutely pubescent above or glabrous, very minutely reticulate and more densely pubescent below; petiole 1–2 mm. long, pubescent; stipules c. 3 mm. long, subulate, pubescent.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences all axillary; peduncles up to 1 cm. long, slender, pubescent; pedicels similar, 2–3 together, up to 1 cm. long; bracts 3–4 mm. long, subulate, pubescent.
    Buds
    Flower-buds oblong or oblong-ovoid.
    Calyx
    Sepals 6 mm. long, oblong-elliptic, tomentellous on the back, yellow and glabrous inside.
    Corolla
    Petals yellow, about 1/3 the length of the sepals, oblong-lanceolate, basal nectariferous claw quite lacking or represented by a cluster of hairs, or present and then circumvillous inside with a minute ledge above and glabrous at the back.
    Androgynophore
    Androgynophore without a basal glabrous portion if nectaries lacking and then ovary almost sessile on a pubescent cushion bearing the stamens, if nectaries present then basal glabrous portion 0·5–0·75 mm. long.
    Pistil
    Ovary 2-lobed and villous; style c. 3 mm. long, glabrous; stigma-lobes c. 4, flattened.
    Fruits
    Fruit yellowish, deeply 2-lobed or 1-lobed by abortion, lobes c. 4 mm. in diam., globose, sparsely setulose-pubescent.
    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Shrub or tree to 9 m tall, sometimes scandent; young branches with a short dense pubescence, older branches terete, pale brown to grey.
    Leaves
    Leaves ovate to elliptic, 0.9–6 cm long, 0.8–3.1 cm wide, rounded to acute at the apex, rounded at the base, margin serrate, shiny green and ± glabrous to scabrid or sparsely pubescent above, concolorous but duller and ± densely pubescent beneath; petiole 1–5 mm long; stipules linear-lanceolate, 4–5 mm long.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a 1–3-flowered cyme, 1–2 in a leaf-axil; peduncle 4–10 mm long; pedicels 5–8 mm long; bracts lanceolate, ± 3 mm long.
    Flowers
    Flowers yellow; sepals 5–7 mm long; petals oblong, 3–5 mm long, slightly emarginate at the apex.
    Androgynophore
    Androgynophore 0.5–1 mm long, glabrous, densely hairy at the apex.
    Stamens
    Stamens ± 4 mm long; filaments and anthers yellow.
    Pistil
    Ovary ± 1 mm long, densely hairy; style 4–5 mm long; stigma pale green.
    Fruits
    Fruit 2-lobed, or unlobed by abortion, the lobes 4–5 mm long, ± 3 mm wide, sparsely hairy, orange.
    Figures
    Fig. 4/43 (leaf, p. 11).
    Habitat
    Forest, woodland, thicket, Acacia-Commiphora bushland, salt-flats and riverine vegetation; 0–700(–1200) m
    Distribution
    K7 T2 T3 T6 T8

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Grewia microcarpa K.Schum. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jun 18, 1998 Burtt, B.D. [4990], Tanzania K000241836 Unknown type material
    Jan 1, 1956 Swynnerton, C.F.M. [201], Zimbabwe K000975743 Unknown type material
    Jan 1, 1956 Swynnerton, C.F.M. [201], Zimbabwe K000975744 Unknown type material

    First published in Notizbl. Königl. Bot. Gart. Berlin 2: 190 (1898)

    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.
    • Robyns, W. & al. (eds.) (1948-1963). Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi 1-10.

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Beentje, Kenya Trees, Shrubs and Lianas p. 156, map (1994).
    • Vollesen in Opera Bot. 59: 33 (1980).
    • Wild & Gonç. in Fl. Moçamb. 28: 26 (1969).
    • Wild in Flora Zambesiaca 2: 56 (1963).
    • Dale & Greenway, Kenya Trees and Shrubs p. 566 (1961).
    • J.P.M. Brenan, Check-lists of the Forest Trees and Shrubs of the British Empire no. 5, part II, Tanganyika Territory p. 619 (1949).
    • Burret in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 45: 185 (1910).
    • K. Schum. in Notizblatt des Botanischen Gartens und Museums zu Berlin-Dahelm 2: 190 (1898).

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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