1. Family: Rubiaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Cuviera DC.
      1. Cuviera tomentosa Verdc.

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

    [FTEA]

    Rubiaceae, B. Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1976

    Habit
    Shrub to 3 m. or tree 10–15 m. high; stems of young leafy shoots densely covered with spreading grey hairs; older stems glabrous or obscurely pubescent, with grey-brown finely flaking bark, minutely punctate with scars of hair-bases; branchlets spreading at right-angles.
    Leaves
    Leaves opposite; blades elliptic or oblong-elliptic, up to ± 10 cm. long 6 cm. wide, narrowly rounded to acuminate at the apex, subcordate at the base, densely velvety on both surfaces with short ± spreading hairs; petioles short, up to 2 mm. long; stipules with ± triangular base 1.5 mm. long with linear-lanceolate apex 8–11 mm. long.
    Flowers
    Flowers fairly numerous in pubescent branched dichasial cymes; peduncle 1–2 cm. long; secondary branches 0.3–1 cm. long; pedicels 1–3 mm. long; bracts leafy, oblong-subspathulate, 4–5 mm. long, 1–2 mm. wide, glabrous save for base and margins.
    Calyx
    Calyx-tube 1 mm. long, densely spreading pubescent; lobes narrowly oblong-spathulate, 3–4 mm. long, 0.8–1.2 mm. wide, glabrous inside, ciliate at margins and pubescent outside.
    Buds
    Buds yellowish green, acute and shortly 5-tailed, finely rather sparsely spreading puberulous.
    Corolla
    Corolla olive-green; tube 2–3 mm. long, with ring of long deflexed hairs inside but throat glabrous; lobes narrowly triangular, 2.5–3.5 mm. long including the tails.
    Pistil
    Ovary 2-locular; style exserted 1.5 mm.; stigmatic club 0.6 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Fruit not known.
    Habitat
    Brachystegia, Erythrophleum, etc. mixed woodland; 175 m.
    Distribution
    T8
    [FZ]

    Rubiaceae, D. Bridson. Flora Zambesiaca 5:2. 1998

    Habit
    Shrub to 3 m, or tree 10–15 m tall; stems of young leafy shoots densely covered with spreading grey hairs; older stems glabrous or obscurely pubescent, with grey-brown finely flaking bark, minutely punctate with scars of hair bases; branchlets spreading at right angles.
    Leaves
    Leaves opposite; blades up to c. 11 × 6 cm, elliptic or oblong-elliptic, narrowly rounded to acuminate at the apex, obtuse or subcordate at the base, densely velvety on both surfaces with short ± spreading hairs; petioles short, up to 2 mm long; stipules with a ± triangular base 1.5 mm long and a linear-lanceolate apex 8–11 mm long.
    Flowers
    Flowers fairly numerous in pubescent branched dichasial cymes; peduncle 10–20 mm long; secondary branches 3–10 mm long; pedicels 1–3 mm long; bracts leaf-like, 4–5 × 1–2 mm, oblong-subspathulate, glabrous save for base and margins, or pubescent.
    Calyx
    Calyx tube 1 mm long, densely spreading pubescent; lobes 3–4 × 0.8–1.2 mm, narrowly oblong-spathulate, glabrous inside, ciliate at margins and pubescent outside.
    Corolla
    Corolla yellowish-green, acute and shortly 5-tailed in bud; olive-green, finely rather sparsely spreading puberulous; tube 2–3 mm long with ring of long deflexed hairs inside but throat glabrous; lobes 2.5–3.5 mm long including the tails, narrowly triangular.
    Ovary
    Ovary 2-locular.
    Style
    Style exserted 1.5 mm.
    Pollen presenter
    Pollen presenter 0.6 mm long.
    Fruits
    Fruit 15 × 9–11 mm (single-seeded only seen).Pyrenes 12 × 6 × 4.5 mm, ± ellipsoid with ventral face plane, not keeled, not beaked at point of attachment, ± smooth.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Mozambique, Tanzania

    Cuviera tomentosa Verdc. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Nov 1, 1994 Ludanga, R.I. [1184], Tanzania K000286593
    May 31, 1985 Andrada, E.C. [1370], Mozambique K000286595
    Jan 1, 1980 Vollesen, K.B. [3122], Tanzania K000286594 holotype

    First published in Kew Bull. 36: 557 (1981)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Verstraete, B., Lachenaud, O., Smets, E., Dessein, S. & Sonké, B. (2013). Taxonomy and phylogenetics of Cuviera (Rubiaceae - Vanguerieae) and reinstatement of Globulostylis with the description of three new species Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 173: 407-411.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Verdc. in Kew Bulletin 36: 557 (1981).

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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