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

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Malawi to Mozambique (Gúruè Mountains).

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Tree or shrub 4–7 m. tall; bark smooth, slash pinkish.
    Branches
    Branching–pattern distinctly subterminal; branch apices with densely crowded nodes rough with persistent subulate stipules 2–7 mm. long; tips of branches ferrugineous–pubescent, older parts glabrous.
    Leaves
    Leaf–lamina 6–16·5 x 1·8–4 cm., oblong–elliptic to narrowly obovate–oblong, the apex cuspidate–acuminate with rounded tip, the batse acuminate; petiole 6–16 mm. long. Upper leaf surface glabrous, with impressed midrib and lateral nerves, these 7–11 on each side. Lower surface with raised nerves, glabrous except for the presence ofappressed hairs on the midrib and sometimes also on the lateral nerves.
    Flowers
    Flowers (4)5–merous, solitary, sessile, borne in leaf axils and on older wood (plants said to be cauliflorous).
    Calyx
    Calyx 3–4 mm. long, cup–shaped; lobes ovate to suborbicular, dorsally appressed–pubescent.
    Corolla
    Corolla 7–10 mm. long, white, tubular, lobed to c. 3 mm. deep; lobes with ovate median area of thicker texture and lateral wings of thinner tissue by which adjacent lobes are sometimes united.
    Anthers
    Anthers 1·75–2·1 mm. long, introrse, sessile or borne on filaments up to 1 mm. long.
    Staminodes
    Staminodes absent.
    Pistil
    Ovary c. 2 mm. long; style 5–6 mm. long.
    Fruits
    Mature fruit not seen but stated to be pink with white flesh and containing 1(?) shiny brown seed.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Malawi, Mozambique

    Synsepalum muelleri (Kupicha) T.D.Penn. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Chapman, J.D. [9339], Malawi K000049397
    Chapman, J.D. [8104], Malawi K000049398
    Chapman, J.D. [8209], Malawi K000049399
    Dowsett-Lemaire, F. [942], Malawi K000049400
    Harris, T. [69], Mozambique K000545061
    Müller, T. [1463], Malawi K000049396 holotype
    Patel, H. [7152], Mozambique K000545123
    Timberlake, J. [5283], Mozambique K000614012
    Timberlake, J. [5402], Mozambique K000614394
    Timberlake, J. [5461], Mozambique K000614442
    Timberlake, J. [s.n.], Mozambique K000614472
    Timberlake, J. [s.n.], Mozambique K000614490
    Mphamba [50], Mozambique K000614270
    Timberlake, J. [5283], Mozambique Vincentella muelleri K000614013

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

    Accepted by

    • Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mt. Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34: 1-199.
    • 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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    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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