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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tropical Africa to Botswana.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Tree 2–12(20) m. high; branches 4-lined and vinous red when young, becoming terete with prominent whitish lenticels and eventually greyish.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves with lamina yellowish-green to dark green above, greyish-green beneath, (3·5)4–10(13·2) × 1·5–4·5 cm., oblong to elliptic or lanceolate, acute or shortly acuminate to obtuse or apiculate at the apex, with margin obtusely glandular-denticulate or more rarely dentate or subentire, cuneate to angustate at the base, coriaceous, with densely reticulate yellowish venation more prominent above than below; petiole (5)7–18 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes in axil of foliage leaves; peduncle 3–25 mm. long; flowers numerous in each dichasium, c. 4 mm. in diam., in subglobose clusters, bisexual.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals 5, c. 0·3 mm. long, semicircular, entire.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 5, green to yellow, 1–1·5 mm. long, oblong or elliptic-oblong, with margin paler, entire.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 5.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disk slightly 5-angled, patelliform, puberulous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary 3-locular, broadly ovoid-conic, c. 2/3-immersed in disk.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Drupe yellow or greenish-yellow, drying dark red, 13–18 mm. long, subglobose to ellipsoid or obovoid, smooth.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed 1.

Native to:

Angola, Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Elaeodendron matabelicum Loes. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
May 1, 2012 Lötter, M.C. [2049], Mozambique K000787969
Apr 24, 1995 Miller, O.B. [B919], Botswana K000282850
Dec 22, 1994 Bingham, M.G. [10228], Zambia K000072997

First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 40: 61 (1907)

Not accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2001). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS E-F: 1-50919. [Cited as Cassine matabelica.]

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

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 2021. 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 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0