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  1. Family: Rubiaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Psydrax Gaertn.
      1. Psydrax polhillii Bridson

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Kenya.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Shrub 1.5–6 m. tall, with numerous perpendicular lateral spurs; very young stems pubescent, later covered with whitish grey bark.
    Leaves
    Leaves mostly restricted to apices of lateral spurs; blades broadly elliptic to round, 0.8–2.8 cm. long, 0.5–2.3 cm. wide, rounded at apex, obtuse at base, coriaceous, slightly shiny above, glabrous, sometimes sparsely pubescent on the midrib beneath or occasionally sparsely pubescent beneath; lateral nerves in 3 main pairs; tertiary nerves coarsely reticulate, not very prominent; domatia present as small erupted blisters, glabrous; petioles 1.5–4 mm. long, pubescent; stipules with a shortly truncate base, 0.5–1 mm. long, bearing a linear lobe up to 2 mm. long, pubescent.
    Flowers
    Flowers 4-merous, borne in subsessile to shortly pedunculate 5–20-flowered subumbellate cymes; peduncles up to 2.5 mm. long; pedicels 2–5 mm. long, sparsely pubescent to pubescent; bracteoles inconspicuous.
    Calyx
    Calyx-tube ± 1 mm. long, glabrescent to sparsely pubescent; limb reduced to a repand rim, ciliate.
    Corolla
    Corolla whitish or yellowish cream; tube 2.75 mm. long, with deflexed hairs above mid-point inside; lobes narrowly oblong, 4 mm. long, 1 mm. wide, obtuse.
    Anthers
    Anthers linear-lanceolate, reflexed.
    Pistil
    Style up to 6 mm. long; stigmatic knob 0.75 mm. long, slightly ribbed.
    Disc
    Disk glabrous.
    Fruits
    Fruit black when mature, broadly oblong in outline, 6–6.5 mm. long, 9–10 mm. wide, scarcely indented at apex; pyrene almost semi-circular in outline, 6 mm. long, rugulose.
    Habitat
    Thickets and Brachystegia woodland; 15–350 m.
    Distribution
    not known elsewhere K1 K7

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    Distribution

    Other Data

    Psydrax polhillii Bridson appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1984 Gillett, J.B. [16490], Kenya K000352740
    Jan 1, 1984 Gillett, J.B. [20033], Kenya K000352744
    Jan 1, 1984 Drummond, R.B. [4163], Kenya K000352742
    Jan 1, 1984 Makin, J. [13050], Kenya K000352739
    Jan 1, 1984 Faden, R.B. [1238], Kenya K000352741
    Jan 1, 1984 Faden, R.B. [708], Kenya K000352743
    Jan 1, 1984 Polhill, R.M. [556], Kenya K000311720 holotype
    Jan 1, 1984 Oxtoby, E. [15391], Kenya K000352736
    Robertson, S.A. [6031], Kenya K000352746
    Luke, Q. [420], Kenya K000352737
    Luke, Q. [359], Kenya K000352738
    Luke [1785], Kenya K000352745

    Bibliography

    First published in Kew Bull. 40: 716 (1985)

    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.

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Bridson in Kew Bulletin 40: 716, fig. 6G–K (1985).

    Sources

    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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