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

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

    [FWTA]

    Sapotaceae, H. Heine. Flora of West Tropical Africa 2. 1963

    Habit
    A tall tree, up to 150 ft. high
    Flowers
    Flowers in the axils of fallen leaves, but sometimes also occurring on the stem.
    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Medium to tall tree with much-branched and spreading canopy; height up to 50 m.; bole deeply fluted and pillared near base.
    Indumentum
    Young shoots with dense appressed hairs, later becoming glabrous.
    Petiole
    Petioles short and stout, 4–8 mm. long; stipules subulate, up to 1.5 cm. long.
    Leaves
    Leaf-lamina oblanceolate to obovate-oblong, 10–35(–55) cm. long, 4–14(–16) cm. wide, apex rounded or shortly acuminate, tapering to an abruptly obtuse or subauriculate base; upper surface glabrous, lower surface with small greyish or silvery ± appressed or spreading hairs; lateral nerves 10–20 on each side, veins oblique.
    Flowers
    Flowers fragrant, usually clustered on warty projections on older branches.
    Pedicel
    Pedicels 4–6 mm. long.
    Calyx
    Sepals connate at base, broadly ovate to suborbicular, up to 5 mm. long and 5 mm. wide, cinereous pubescent externally and pilose internally.
    Corolla
    Corolla greenish-white; tube up to 2 mm. long; lobes ± elliptic, up to 4 mm. long, 3 mm. wide.
    Stamens
    Free part of filament up to 5.5 mm. long; anthers ovate, dehiscence extrorse.
    Pistil
    Ovary conical, ± 2 mm. long; style up to 5 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Fruit dull yellow, subglobose, up to 2.5 cm. in diameter; skin thin; flesh juicy.
    Seeds
    Seed ellipsoid, slightly flattened, up to 1.8 cm. long; scar prominent, lateral and occupying over half of surface.
    Habitat
    Lowland rain-forest, extending into the lower fringes of upland rain-forest, and in riverine forest; 80–1400 m.
    Distribution
    K7 T1 T3 T6 T7 U2 extends from Ghana and Dahomey in the W. through Cameroun Republic to the Congo Republic

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Benin, Cameroon, Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaïre

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

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Feb 1, 2004 Zapfack, L. [2040], Cameroon K000746051
    Jan 1, 2004 Cheek, M. [10518], Cameroon K000746040
    Jan 1, 2004 Pollard, B.J. [950], Cameroon 77178.000
    Jan 1, 2004 Pollard, B.J. [950], Cameroon K000746046
    Jan 1, 2004 Onana, J.-M. [1999], Cameroon K000746056
    Jan 1, 2004 Onana, J.-M. [1833], Cameroon K000746057
    Jul 1, 2003 Cheek, M. [9504], Cameroon K000749686
    Jul 1, 2003 Cheek, M. [10223], Cameroon K000749687
    Jul 1, 2003 Cable, S. [3598], Cameroon K000749674
    Jul 1, 2003 Onana, J.-M. [946], Cameroon K000749675
    Keay, R.W.J. [37452], Cameroon K000029738
    Chevalier, A. [22.865], Benin K000430589 isotype
    Zenker, G.A. [3697], Cameroon K000430657 isotype
    Holst, C. [2237], Tanzania K000430645 isotype
    Ujor, E.U. [FHI 30348], Cameroon K000029737
    Lobe Babute, D. [FHI 12348], Cameroon K000029736
    Milne-Redhead, E. [7265], Tanzania Pachystela msolo 11783.000
    Drummond, R.B. [3195], Tanzania Pachystela msolo 17846.000

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

    Accepted by

    • 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.
    • Sosef, M.S.M. & al. (2006). Check-list des plantes vasculaires du Gabon Scripta Botanica Belgica 35: 1-438.
    • 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.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Sosef, M.S.M. & al. (2006). Check-list des plantes vasculaires du Gabon Scripta Botanica Belgica 35: 1-438.
    • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.

    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
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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
    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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