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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia to E. Central & E. 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 4.5(–7.5) m tall; young stems stellate-pubescent, sometimes densely so or with long hairs.
    Leaves
    Leaves ovate to elliptic or obovate, 0.6–10.5 cm long, 0.5–6.7 cm wide, obtuse to rounded at the apex, rounded at the base, margins serrate, ± glabrous above, scattered stellate-pubescent to glabrescent beneath; petiole 2–8 mm long, shortly stellate-pubescent or with long hairs; stipules subulate, 2–5 mm long.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences terminal and axillary 2–6-flowered cymes; peduncle 3–18 mm long, pubescent with stellate and simple hairs; pedicels 8–18 mm long, pubescent with stellate and simple hairs.
    Flowers
    Flowers purple, blue, mauve or pink; sepals lanceolate, 11–25 mm long, green and pubescent on the outside; petals elliptic to elliptic-oblong, 8–15 mm long, 2.5–5 mm wide, obtuse or notched at the apex.
    Androgynophore
    Androgynophore glabrous for ± 0.5–1 mm at the base, densely pubescent and produced for 2–5.5 mm above the node.
    Stamens
    Stamens 7–10 mm long; filaments purple; anthers yellow.
    Pistil
    Ovary 1.5–2 mm long, densely hairy; style 5–9 mm long; stigma green.
    Fruits
    Fruit (1–)4-lobed, 8–15 mm wide, the lobes 5–8 mm long, 4–7 mm wide, green maturing orange to orange-red, sometimes yellow or red, sparsely hairy.
    Figures
    Fig. 3/1 (leaf, p. 9).
    Habitat
    Woodland, thicket, bushland and grassland; 600–2250 m
    Distribution
    K1 K2 K3 K4 K5 K6 K7 T1 T2 T3 T5 T6 T7 U2

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaïre

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

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Mar 23, 1998 Burtt, B.D. [1593], Tanzania K000241871 Unknown type material
    Fischer [55], Tanzania K000241872 Unknown type material
    Mwachala [1253], Kenya K000449456
    Mwachala [1195], Kenya K000449457

    First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 15: 118 (1892)

    Accepted by

    • Kalema, J. & Beentje, H. (2012). Conservation checklist of the trees of Uganda: 1-235. Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Fischer, E., Rembold, K., Althof, A. & Obholzer, J. (2010). Annotated checklist of the vascular plants of Kakamega forest, Western province, Kenya Journal of East African Natural History 99: 129-226.
    • 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.
    • Edwards, S., Tadesse, M. & Hedberg, I. (eds.) (1995). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 2(2): 1-456. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
    • Robyns, W. & al. (eds.) (1948-1963). Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi 1-10.

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Sebsebe in Fl. Eth. 2(2): 150 (1995).
    • Beentje, Kenya Trees, Shrubs and Lianas p. 157, fig. e4 on 152, map (1994).
    • Gachathi, Kikuyu Bot. Dict.: 115 (1989).
    • Noad & Birnie, Trees of Kenya: 277, fig. (1989).
    • Blundell, Wild Flow. E. Afr.: 68, fig. 734 (1987).
    • Troupin, Fl. Rwanda 2: 370, fig. 118/1 (1983).
    • Troupin, Fl. Pl. Lign. Rwanda: 679, fig. 234/1 (1982)
    • Kokwaro, Medic. Pl. E. Afr.: 214 (1976).
    • E. Lind & A. Tallantire, Some Common Flowering Plants of Uganda, ed. 2: 60 (1971).
    • R. Wilczek in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 10: 32 (1963).
    • Dale & Greenway, Kenya Trees and Shrubs p. 568, fig. 103/e4 (1961).
    • Robyns, Flore des Spermatophytes du Parc National Albert 1: 566, t. 56 (1948).
    • Battiscombe & Dale, Trees and Shrubs of Kenya Colony p. 39 (1936).
    • Burtt Davy, Check-lists For. Trees & Shrubs Brit. Emp. 1, Uganda: 117 (1935).
    • Burret in Wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse der Deutschen Zentral-Afrika-Expedition 1907-1908, 2 (Botanik) p. 496 (1912).
    • Burret in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 45: 191 (1910)
    • Baker f. in Journal of the Linnean Society of London, Botany 37: 128 (1905).
    • K. Schum. in Die Pflanzenwelt Ost-Afrikas und der Nachbargebiete, Theile C: 263 (1895).
    • K. Schum. in A. Engler, Botanische Jahrbücher für Systematik, Pflanzengeschichte und Pflanzengeographie 15: 118 (1892)

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