1. Family: Rubiaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Psydrax Gaertn.
      1. Psydrax acutiflorus (Hiern) Bridson

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Tropical Africa.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Scandent bush or climber, 3.5–7 m. tall, with short lateral branches almost at right-angles to stem, glabrous; young stems square and furrowed.
    Leaves
    Leaf-blades narrowly to broadly elliptic, 5.3–11 cm. long, 2–6 cm. wide, acuminate at apex, acute at base, stiffly papery to subcoriaceous, dull to shiny above; lateral nerves in 4–5 main pairs; tertiary nerves completely obscure; domatia absent or occasionally present in axils of lateral nerves or tertiary nerves (but not in Flora area); petioles 6–10 mm. long; stipules with a truncate base and linear lobe perpendicular to base, 3–6 mm. long.
    Flowers
    Flowers 5-merous, borne in sessile to subsessile 5–10-flowered umbellate cymes; peduncle not exceeding 1 mm. long in flowering stage; pedicels 2–3(–4–6) mm. long (in flowering stage), glabrous; bracteoles inconspicuous.
    Calyx
    Calyx-tube ± 0.75 mm. long, glabrous; limb reduced to a dentate rim.
    Corolla
    Corolla cream-yellow; tube 3–4 mm. long, with ring of deflexed hairs below mid-point inside; lobes oblong-ovate 2.5–4 mm. long, 1.5 mm. wide with tapering apiculum, 0.75–1.25 mm. long, sparsely pubescent towards base above.
    Stamens
    Filaments moderately well developed; anthers ovate, less than 1/3 as long as corolla-lobes, reflexed.
    Pistil
    Style 5.5 mm. long; stigmatic knob cylindrical above, widening at base, 0.75–1 mm. long.
    Disc
    Disk glabrous.
    Fruits
    Fruit ± didymous, 0.75–0.8(–1) cm. long, 1.3–1.5 cm. wide; pedicels somewhat accrescent; pyrenes circular in outline, 0.8 mm. in diameter, on either side with a shallow groove from point of attachment to centre, slightly bullate.
    Habitat
    Forest edges; 1100–1220 m.
    Distribution
    T1 U4
    [FWTA]

    Rubiaceae, F. N. Hepper & R. W. J. Keay. Flora of West Tropical Africa 2. 1963

    Habit
    A glabrous shrub
    Leaves
    Coriaceous shiny leaves.
    [FWTA]

    Rubiaceae, F. N. Hepper & R. W. J. Keay. Flora of West Tropical Africa 2. 1963

    Habit
    A glabrous climbing or scrambling shrub
    Leaves
    Shiny coriaceous leaves
    Flowers
    Flowers yellow-green
    Ecology
    Beside upland streams.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Burkina, Burundi, Cabinda, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Gabon, Guinea, Gulf of Guinea Is., Ivory Coast, Mozambique, Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaïre

    Psydrax acutiflorus (Hiern) Bridson appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Nov 1, 2008 Harvey, Y.B. [314], Cameroon K000580310
    Jan 1, 1994 Tekwe, C. [294], Cameroon K000540998
    Jan 1, 1984 Maitland, T.D. [424], Uganda K000422511 Unknown type material
    Jan 1, 1984 Mann, G. [1179], Cameroon K000422518 Unknown type material
    Jan 1, 1984 Thomson, W.C. [97], Nigeria K000422525
    Dawkins, H.C. [701], Uganda 8535.000
    Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. [8403], Cameroon K000109919

    First published in Kew Bull. 40: 722 (1985)

    Accepted by

    • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Thiombiano, A., Schmidt, M., Dressler, S., Ouédraogo, A., Hahn, K. & Zizka, G. (2012). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Burkina Faso Boissiera 65: 1-391.
    • Lejoy, J., Ndjele, M.-B. & Geerinck, D. (2010). Catalogue-flore des plantes vasculaires des districts de Kisangani et de la Tshopo (RD Congo) Taxonomania. Revue de Taxonomie et de Nomenclature Botaniques 30: 1-307.
    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Figueiredo, E. (2007). The Rubiaceae of Cabinda (Angola) Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 154: 455-495.
    • Sosef, M.S.M. & al. (2006). Check-list des plantes vasculaires du Gabon Scripta Botanica Belgica 35: 1-438.
    • 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
    • Thiombiano, A., Schmidt, M., Dressler, S., Ouédraogo, A., Hahn, K. & Zizka, G. (2012). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Burkina Faso Boissiera 65: 1-391.
    • Lisowski, S. (2009). Flore (Angiospermes) de la République de Guinée Scripta Botanica Belgica 41: 1-517.
    • Calane da Silva, M., Izdine, S. & Amuse, A.B. (2004). A Preliminary Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Mozambique: 1-184. SABONET, Pretoria.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Bridson in Kew Bulletin 40: 722 (1985).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

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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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