1. Family: Malvaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Grewia L.
      1. Grewia truncata Mast.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Somalia to Mozambique.


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

    Shrub to 5 m tall; young branches stellate-pubescent.
    Leaves oblong to obovate-oblong with an irregular outline, 3–15 cm long, 2.1–9.2 cm wide, broadly obtuse to truncate or emarginate, sometimes deeply so, at the apex, rounded to truncate at the base, irregularly coarsely serrate to crenate, with scattered stellate hairs above, stellate-pubescent beneath, papyraceous; petiole 3–10 mm long, stellate-pubescent; stipules linear-lanceolate, 5–7 mm long.
    Inflorescence a 1–5-flowered terminal or leaf-opposed axillary cyme, the axes with a short greyish green stellate pubescence; peduncle 5–8 mm long; pedicel 6–18 mm long.
    Flowers white, slightly urceolate in bud; sepals 1.3–2.3 cm long with a swollen blackish hooded tip; petals obovate to subcircular, 5–6 mm long, 5–8 mm wide.
    Androgynophore glabrous for 1.5–2 mm at the base, pubescent and produced for 1.5–2 mm above the node.
    Stamens 8–12 mm long.
    Ovary 2–2.5 mm long, densely hairy; style 7–12 mm long.
    Fruit (1–)4-lobed, 10–15 mm wide, the lobes 6–9 mm long, 5–8 mm wide, covered with long hairs with a small wart at their base, green with pale dots.
    Fig. 3/20 (leaf, p. 9).
    Thicket and bushland, often along river-courses; 0–1000 m
    K4 K7 T2 T3

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

    Shrub or small tree up to 6 m. tall, with pubescent branchlets.
    Leaf-lamina 4–18 × 3–10 cm., oblong or obovate-oblong, retuse or truncate at the apex with the midrib often produced as a short mucro, margin crenate-dentate, rounded and often asymmetric at the base, glabrescent above, softly pubescent below; petiole up to 8 mm. long, pubescent; stipules c. 6 mm. long, lanceolate-acuminate, dorsally keeled, pubescent.
    Inflorescences opposite the leaves, 3–9-flowered; peduncles pubescent, very short; pedicels c. 15 mm. long, pubescent; bracts similar to the stipules, c. 0·7 cm. long.
    Sepals 1·5–2·5 cm. long, linear-oblong with a thickened and swollen apex, green and tomentellous outside, white and glabrous inside.
    Petals white, 10–16 mm. long with an ovate acute lamina much wider than the nectariferous claw which is circumvillous within ledged above and up to 2 mm. long.
    Androgynophore with a glabrous lower portion up to 2 mm. long and a pubescent elongation above 2·5–3 mm. long.
    Ovary 4-lobed, setulose-pubescent; style c. 1 cm. long, glabrous; stigma-lobes broad.
    Fruit c. 1·5 cm. in diam., deeply 4-lobed, with the lobes somewhat conical and sparsely and minutely tuberculate-setulose.



    Native to:

    Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Somalia, Tanzania

    Grewia truncata Mast. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Mar 1, 1909 Kirk, J. [s.n.], Mozambique K000975731
    Hildebrandt, J.M. [2010], Kenya K000241852 Unknown type material

    First published in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 1: 244 (1868)

    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.
    • Thulin, M. (ed.) in Thulin, M. (ed.) (1999). Flora of Somalia 2: 1-303. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Exell, A.W., Fernandes, A. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1963). Flora Zambesiaca 2(1): 1-351. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Beentje, Kenya Trees, Shrubs and Lianas p. 159, fig. e2 on 152, map (1994).
    • Blundell, Wild Flow. E. Afr.: 69, fig. 51 (1987).
    • Wild & Gonç. in Fl. Moçamb. 28: 31 (1969).
    • Wild in Flora Zambesiaca 2: 60 (1963).
    • Dale & Greenway, Kenya Trees and Shrubs p. 570, fig. 103/e2 (1961).
    • 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: 197 (1910).
    • K. Schum. in Die Pflanzenwelt Ost-Afrikas und der Nachbargebiete, Theile C: 263 (1895).
    • Mast. in Flora of Tropical Africa 1: 244 (1868).


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