1. Family: Rubiaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Manostachya Bremek.
      1. Manostachya ternifolia E.S.Martins

        This species is accepted, and its native range is DR Congo to Angola.

    [FZ]

    Rubiaceae, B. Verdcourt. Flora Zambesiaca 5:1. 1989

    Habit
    Strictly erect perennial herb 40–90 cm. tall with 1-several stems, woody at the base, 3–4-angled, glabrescent or finely shortly pubescent when young.
    Leaves
    Leaves in whorls of 3–4 or opposite, but appearing densely verticillate due to abbreviated axillary shoots, 0.5–2.5 cm. x 0.4–1 mm., subulate, rigid, the margins and midribs scabrid-ciliate; stipular sheath c. 1 mm. long, mostly shortly sparsely ciliate.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences 1–7-flowered contracted cymes, densely bracteate, axillary in the top 7–30 spaced nodes, the whole spike-like, up to 30 cm. long; bracts similar to leaves, 2–5 mm. long; pedicels 0.5–1 mm. long.
    Calyx
    Calyx tube 1.2 mm. long, ovoid, glabrous but with obvious surface raphides; lobes 4, 1.3–1.5 mm. long, subulate, scabrid-ciliate.
    Corolla
    Corolla white, glabrous outside; tube 1–1.3 x 0.8 mm., cylindric-funnel-shaped, with a ring of hairs inside at the throat; lobes 1.1–1.7 x 0.7–1 mm., triangular-ovate, papillate inside, the tip inflexed.
    Anthers
    Anthers exserted in short-styled flowers, just included in long-styled flowers.
    Style
    Style 1.8 mm. long in long-styled, 0.5 mm. in short-styled flowers.
    Fruits
    Capsule 1.7 x 1.3 mm. ellipsoid.
    Seeds
    Seeds 1–2(3) per loculus, brown, oblong, dorsiventrally flattened, 0.9 x 0.38 mm., the testa reticulate.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Zaïre

    Manostachya ternifolia E.S.Martins appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Bol. Soc. Brot., sér. 2.A, 55: 5 (1981)

    Accepted by

    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Ruhsam, M in Ruhsam, M. (2005). Survey of all the Rubiaceae specimens at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0