1. Family: Sapotaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Synsepalum (A.DC.) Daniell
      1. Synsepalum kassneri (Engl.) T.D.Penn.

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

    [FZ]

    Sapotaceae, F. K. Kupicha. Flora Zambesiaca 7:1. 1983

    Habit
    Small tree or shrub 2–3 m. high; bark brown, minutely fissured, slash pale pink.
    Branches
    Branching repeatedly subterminal with leaves confined to branch ends.
    Indumentum
    Young stems and petioles ferrugineous appressed–pubescent, older twigs glabrous with finely fissured brownish–grey bark.
    Leaves
    Leaves 6–12 x 2–3·3 cm., narrowly oblong–elliptic or elliptic–obovate, the apex long–acuminate or cuspidate–acuminate with rounded tip, the base very long–acuminate; margin finely undulate; both sides of leaf with midrib raised, lateral nerves very faint and surface finely rugose.
    Flowers
    Flowers (probably) fasciculate, borne in leaf axils and on older wood; pedicels up to 1·5 mm. long.
    Calyx
    Calyx c. 1·5 mm. long, cup–shaped, the lobes nearly free, broadly ovate, puberulous.
    Corolla
    Corolla whitish, up to 2·5 mm. long with tube c. 1 mm. long; lobes ovate.
    Staminodes
    Staminodes very small, ± oblong, dentate at apex.
    Ovary
    Ovary c. 1 mm. long, ovoid.
    Fruits
    Fruit solitary, a fleshy red 1–seeded berry with flower parts persisting at base.
    Seeds
    Seed 12 x 7 x 3 mm., compressed–ellipsoid, glossy brown, with duller elliptic scar c. 5 mm. wide extending the length of the seed.
    Cotyledons
    Cotyledons large, plano–convex, endosperm 0.
    [FTEA]

    Sapotaceae, J. H. Hemsley. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1968

    Habit
    Shrub with ± terminal leaves and slender branchlets.
    Indumentum
    Apical buds and very young shoots with appressed ferrugineous hairs, older branches glabrous.
    Petiole
    Petioles up to 5 mm. long.
    Leaves
    Leaf-lamina oblanceolate, up to 13 cm. long, 4 cm. wide, apex shortly and obtusely acuminate to obtuse, tapering to a long, very narrowly cuneate and decurrent base; primary nerves impressed, 9–13 on each side, secondary nerves present, venation reticulate.
    Pedicel
    Pedicels up to 1.5 mm. long; pedicel and calyx both puberulous.
    Calyx
    Calyx-lobes very small, broadly ovate, up to 1.5 mm. long.
    Corolla
    Corolla-tube up to 1 mm. long; lobes ovate, up to 1.5 mm. long.
    Filaments
    Filaments very short.
    Staminodes
    Staminodes very small, ± oblong, dentate at apex.
    Pistil
    Ovary ovoid, ± 1 mm. long, pilose, tapering to a short style.
    Fruits
    Fruit not known.
    Habitat
    Probably in lowland rain-forest and in riverine forest; less than 300 m.
    Distribution
    K7 T8 not known elsewhere

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    Distribution

    Doubtfully present in:

    Tanzania

    Native to:

    Kenya, Mozambique, Zimbabwe

    Synsepalum kassneri (Engl.) T.D.Penn. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Kassner [398] K000430647 isotype

    First published in Gen. Sapotac.: 249 (1991)

    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., Frodin, D.G. & Pennington, D. (2001 publ. 2002). World Checklist and Bibliography of Sapotaceae: 1-364. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    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 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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