1. Family: Rubiaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Psydrax Gaertn.
      1. Psydrax micans (Bullock) Bridson

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania to Mozambique (Nampula).

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Shrub or small tree 3–4 m. tall, or occasionally a liane up to 10 m. with spines on old stems (fide Mwasumbi 11629); young stems glabrous, older stems covered with greyish bark.
    Leaves
    Leaves not restricted to apices of branches, very often ternate; blades elliptic or less often narrowly elliptic, 3.5–7.5 cm. long, 1.3–3.7 cm. wide, obtuse or acute at apex, acute at base, coriaceous, distinctly shiny above, glabrous; lateral nerves in 3–4 main pairs; tertiary nerves moderately coarsely reticulate, prominent on both faces; domatia present as small blisters with a pin-prick-like puncture; petioles 3–4 mm. long, glabrous; stipules ± 3 mm. long, with a shallow truncate base and linear lobe.
    Flowers
    Flowers 5-merous, borne in subsessile 2–10-flowered subumbellate cymes; peduncles not exceeding 2 mm. long; pedicels 0.6– 1.6(–2.5 fide Bullock) cm. long, glabrous; bracteoles inconspicuous.
    Calyx
    Calyx-tube 1.5 mm. long, glabrous; limb reduced to a toothed rim, ciliate.
    Corolla
    Corolla greenish white; tube 3–4 mm. long, with a ring of deflexed hairs above mid-point inside; lobes oblong-lanceolate, 3 mm. long, 1.25–1.5 mm. wide, acute.
    Anthers
    Anthers reflexed, ± oblong.
    Pistil
    Style 7–8 mm. long; stigmatic knob 1.25 mm. long.
    Disc
    Disk glabrous.
    Fruits
    Immature fruit 7 mm. long, 6 mm. wide; pedicels accrescent, up to 2.2 cm. long; mature pyrenes not known.
    Habitat
    Thicket or forest; 120–700 m.
    Distribution
    T6 T8
    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Shrub or small tree 3–4 m tall, or sometimes a liana up to 10 m tall (spines on old stems fide Mwasumbi 11629, East Africa), glabrous; bark greyish.
    Leaves
    Leaves not restricted to apices of branches, very often ternate; blades 3.5–7.5 × 1.3–4 cm, elliptic or less often narrowly elliptic, acute or obtuse at apex, acute at base, coriaceous, distinctly shiny on upper surface; lateral nerves in 3–4 main pairs; tertiary nerves moderately coarsely reticulate, prominent on both surfaces; domatia present as small blisters with a pin-prick-like puncture; petioles 3–4 mm long; stipules c. 3 mm long, with a shallow truncate base and linear lobe.
    Flowers
    Flowers 5-merous borne in subsessile, 2–10-flowered subumbelliform cymes; peduncles not exceeding 2 mm long; pedicels 6–16 (25 fide Bullock) mm long, glabrous; bracteoles inconspicuous.
    Calyx
    Calyx tube 1.5 mm long, glabrous; limb reduced to a dentate rim, ciliate.
    Corolla
    Corolla greenish-white; tube 3–4 mm long, with a ring of deflexed hairs above the mid-point inside; lobes 3 × 1.25–1.5 mm, oblong-lanceolate, acute.
    Style
    Style 7–8 mm long.
    Pollen presenter
    Pollen presenter 1.25 mm; disk glabrous.
    Fruits
    Immature fruit 7 × 6 mm; pedicels accrescent, up to 22 mm long.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Mozambique, Tanzania

    Psydrax micans (Bullock) Bridson appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    May 1, 1991 Bidgood, S. [1483], Tanzania K000352712
    Jan 1, 1985 Groenendijk, E.M.C. [1165], Mozambique K000352720
    Jan 1, 1984 Eggeling, W.J. [6405], Tanzania K000352715
    Jan 1, 1984 Gillman, H. [1355], Tanzania K000352713
    Jan 1, 1984 Muller, T. [2048], Mozambique K000352721
    Jan 1, 1984 Mwasumbi, L.B. [11629], Tanzania K000352716
    Jan 1, 1984 Engler, A. [2127], Tanzania K000352718 isosyntype
    Jan 1, 1984 Shabani [248], Tanzania K000352717
    Jan 1, 1984 Vollesen, K.B. [4340], Tanzania K000352714
    Jan 1, 1984 Koning, J. de [9684], Mozambique K000352719
    Jan 1, 1984 Tinley, K.L. [2653], Mozambique K000352722
    Jan 1, 1984 Tinley, K.L. [2840], Mozambique K000352723

    First published in Kew Bull. 40: 721 (1985)

    Accepted by

    • Calane da Silva, M., Izdine, S. & Amuse, A.B. (2004). A Preliminary Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Mozambique: 1-184. SABONET, 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

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Bridson in Kew Bulletin 40: 721 (1985).

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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