Dichapetalum cymosum (Hook.) Engl.

This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tropical & S. Africa.

[FZ]

Dichapetalaceae, A. R. Torre. Flora Zambesiaca 2:1. 1963

Morphology General Habit
Stems simple from a creeping woody rhizome, pubescent, striate.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves subsessile; lamina 5–13 × 2–4·5 cm., narrowly oblong to oblanceolate, rounded and minutely mucronate at the apex, narrowed or cuneate at the base, papyraceous when young, glabrous on both surfaces, pale green below; lateral nerves c. 6 pairs, tertiary nerves markedly reticulate and prominent below; stipules c. 4 mm. long, linear, pilose.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes up to 5 cm. long, c. 8-flowered; peduncle sparsely hairy or glabrous, partially adnate to the stem for c. 5 mm. above the axil; pedicels ± 2 mm. long; bracts c. 2 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals c. 7 mm. long, narrow, free almost to the base, tomentose at the apex, becoming glabrous towards the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals c. 7 mm. long, narrowly oblong, 2-fid for 2/3 their length, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens as long as petals.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary villous; style c. 6 mm. long, deeply 3-divided.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit 4 × 2·5 cm., obovoid.

[FZ]

Dichapetalaceae, A. R. Torre. Flora Zambesiaca 2:1. 1963

Morphology General Habit
Shrublet c. 40 cm. tall; stems many, erect, virgate, glabrous, from a woody root-stock.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves sessile or shortly petiolate; lamina 7–16 × 0·5–2·5 cm., narrowly lanceolate or linear, papyraceous, glabrous on both surfaces, obtuse or rounded at the apex, cuneate at the base; lateral nerves prominent below; stipules linear, c. 3 mm. long, deciduous; petiole up to 7 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a few-flowered axillary cyme up to 9 cm. long; peduncle 1–3 cm. long, 2-forked.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers 5–8 mm. long; pedicels c. 4 mm. long, glabrous; bracts and bracteoles c. 2 mm. long, linear, deciduous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx campanulate; sepals 4–5 mm. long, linear, acute tomentellous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 5–6 mm. long, linear, 2-lobed to t of their length; squamulous glands minute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens free.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary lanate; style 4–5 mm. long, pilose, 3-fid.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit (unripe) oblong-obovoid.

Native to:

Angola, Botswana, KwaZulu-Natal, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Dichapetalum cymosum (Hook.) Engl. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Jan 1, 1976 Rains, A.B. [9], Botswana K000511111 No
Jan 1, 1976 Yalala, A.M. [206], Botswana K000511110 No
Jan 1, 1972 Bullock, A.A. [1196], Zambia K000432249 isotype Yes
Jan 1, 1972 Bullock, A.A. [1196], Zambia K000432250 isotype Yes
Jan 1, 1972 Beer, J.S. de [903], Botswana K000511108 No
Jan 1, 1972 Story, R. [4805], Botswana K000511109 No
Jan 1, 1972 Baum, H. [64], Angola K000432247 isotype Yes
Zeyher [536], South Africa K000432338 Unknown type material Yes
Smith, P.A. [2883], Botswana K000511107 No
Bolus [3141], South Africa K000432339 Yes
Burke [s.n.], South Africa K000432336 holotype Yes
Burke [s.n.], South Africa K000432337 Unknown type material Yes

First published in H.G.A.Engler & K.A.E.Prantl, Nat. Pflanzenfam. 3(4): 349 (1896)

Accepted by

  • Exell, A.W., Fernandes, A. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1963). Flora Zambesiaca 2(1): 1-351. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola. Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist. Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Govaerts, R. (2000). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS D: 1-30141.

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