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This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Zimbabwe to KwaZulu-Natal.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

Celastraceae, N. K. Robson. Flora Zambesiaca 2:2. 1966

Morphology General Habit
Shrub, climbing or scrambling; branches ± flattened and grey when young, eventually becoming terete and dark purplish-red.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves on young and lateral shoots with lamina bluish-green and glossy on both surfaces, 6–14(18) × 2·5–6·5(8·5) cm., elliptic to oblong or ovate-oblong, rounded to retuse or rarely obtuse at the apex, with margin entire or remotely glandular-denticulate, cuneate to rounded at the base, coriaceous, with nerves and principal reticulate venation equally prominent on both sides, sometimes with very dense secondary reticulate venation prominent above; petiole 3–9 mm. long; stipules with fringed margin.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes simple, with peduncle (3)6–24 mm. long bearing a condensed dichasium with sessile or pedunculate lateral 1–3-flowered clusters, or rarely inflorescences compound with condensed cymes on specialised shoots forming “panicles”; pedicels absent; flowers (1)3–7 in each cyme, c. 3–4 mm. in diam.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals 2 mm. long, lanceolate, sometimes carinate, coriaceous, with membranous fimbriate margin.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals greenish-yellow or yellow, 3 mm. long, narrowly oblong to oblanceolate, spreading above the erect sepals.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens with anthers c. 0·7 mm. long, oblong-lanceolate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary narrowly conic.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Berry orange-red, 18–25(28) mm. long, obovoid to subglobose, smooth, fleshy, ± glaucous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds c. 15 mm. long, dark brown, curved, flattened-ellipsoid.

Native to:

Cape Provinces, KwaZulu-Natal, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zimbabwe

Allocassine laurifolia (Harv.) N.Robson appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
May 1, 2012 Lötter, M.C. [2046], Mozambique K000787968
Jan 1, 1964 Gueingius [s.n.], South Africa K000035802
Jan 1, 1964 Gueingius [s.n.], South Africa K000035801
Jan 1, 1964 Gueingius [56], South Africa K000035800

First published in Bol. Soc. Brot., sér. 2, 39: 32 (1965)

Accepted by

  • Exell, A.W., Fernandes, A. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1966). Flora Zambesiaca 2(2): 353-653. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 529. MIM, Deurne.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

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