Genus:
Buxus L.

Buxus obtusifolia (Mildbr.) Hutch.

This species is accepted, and its native range is SE. Kenya to E. Tanzania.

[FTEA]

Buxaceae, B. Verdcourt (East African Herbarium). Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1962

Morphology General Habit
A small shrub, 1–1.2 m. tall or small tree, 6 m. tall ; branches grooved, pubescent or glabrous ; bark corky.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves oblong-elliptic, obovate-oblong or ovate, cuneate at the base, narrowed to an obtuse or emarginate apex, coriaceous, deep green above, paler beneath, glabrous or pubescent on the midrib beneath, 1.6–7.6 cm. long and 0.75–3.4 cm. wide, with the venation raised on both surfaces or impressed above ; petiole thickened, 2–5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers green, in reduced axillary inflorescences consisting of one terminal female flower with four male flowers beneath it, one of which may be somewhat undeveloped ; peduncles short, flattened.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anthers ovoid-oblong, about 1 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule ovoid, black, 7 mm. long, dividing into three valves.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds oblong-ovoid or trigonous, about 4 mm. long and 2 mm. wide.
Figures
Fig. 1.
Habitat
Evergreen Euphorbia-Brachylaena thicket, Cynometra-Brachylaena forest or dry scrubby forest on red soils ; 280-450 m.
Distribution
not known elsewhere K7 T3 T8

Native to:

Kenya, Tanzania

Buxus obtusifolia (Mildbr.) Hutch. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Jun 1, 1965 Greenway [4138], Tanzania Notobuxus obtusifolius K000353988 No
Dale, I.R. [3631], Kenya Notobuxus obtusifolius K000353978 Yes
Faden, R.B. [647], Kenya Notobuxus obtusifolius K000353981 No
Robertson, S.A. [4124], Kenya Notobuxus obtusifolius K000353985 No
Greenway, P.J. [9808], Kenya Notobuxus obtusifolius K000353986 No
Robertson, S.A. [245], Kenya Notobuxus obtusifolius K000353987 No
Musyoki, B.M. [1033], Kenya Notobuxus obtusifolius K000353990 No
Faulkner, H. [4046], Tanzania Notobuxus obtusifolius K000353991 No
Rawlins, S. [765], Kenya Notobuxus obtusifolius K000353980 No
Faden, R.B. [754], Kenya Notobuxus obtusifolius K000353983 No
Ruffo [1735], Tanzania Notobuxus obtusifolius K000353992 No
Moomaw, J.C. [1708], Kenya Notobuxus obtusifolius K000353979 No
Ruffo [2140], Tanzania Notobuxus obtusifolius K000353989 No
Perdue, R.E. [10021], Kenya Notobuxus obtusifolius K000353982 No
Moomaw, J.C. [1432], Kenya Notobuxus obtusifolius K000353984 Yes

First published in Gen. Fl. Pl. 2: 108 (1967)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1996). World Checklist of Seed Plants 2(1, 2): 1-492. MIM, Deurne.

  • 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 2022. 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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