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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tropical Africa to NE. Namibia.
Combretum albopunctatum


Combretaceae, A. W. Exell. Flora Zambesiaca 4. 1978

Morphology General Habit
Thicket-forming shrub or small tree up to c. 3 m. high with tendency to climb; bark grey or greyish-brown; young branchlets densely pubescent to tomentose.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite or subopposite; lamina up to 10 x 5·5 cm. (often only c. 4 x 2 cm.), papyraceous to subcoriaceous, brownish-tomentose when young with the indumentum almost concealing the scales, later pubescent to pilose beneath especially on the midrib and nerves, lepidote mainly in the areolae, verruculose or lepidote above, otherwise nearly glabrous, apex blunt to rounded and usually mucronate, base subcordate; lateral nerves 5–7 pairs; petiole 3–5 mm. long, pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences of axillary spikes up to 3 cm. long; rhachis nearly glabrous; bracts 1·5 mm. long, filiform, caducous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers sessile, yellow, glutinous when young.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Receptacle
Lower receptacle 1·7–2·5 mm. long, tomentose; upper receptacle 2 x 2·5–3 mm., broadly campanulate, lepidote and pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals 0·5–1 x l–1·5 mm., broadly deltate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 1 x 0·8 mm., obovate, emarginate, ciliate at the apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamen-filaments 3·5–4 mm. long; anthers 1–2 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disk with very short pilose free margin.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style 3 mm. long, apex not expanded.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit reddish-brown, usually satiny, 2–3 x 1·8–2·5 cm., subcircular to broadly elliptic in outline, silvery lepidote with glistening scales, apical peg very short, wings 8–10 mm. broad, stipe 2–7 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds Cotyledons
Cotyledons 2, 1–1·7 x 1·8–3 cm., transversely elliptic, arising above soil level; petioles 2–4 mm. long.
Morphology General Scales
Scales whitish and usually glistening, c. 60–100µ in diam., deeply to shallowly bowl-shaped and slightly convexly scalloped at each marginal cell, delimited by 8-c. 10 radial walls alone or also up to 6 tangential walls; cell-walls obscured by copious glutinous secretions (except in very old leaves) and ± transparent apart from secretions.

Native to:

Botswana, Caprivi Strip, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Combretum albopunctatum Suess. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Owens, M. [35], Botswana K000489054
Smith, P.A. [1707], Botswana K000489056
Smith, P.A. [1710], Botswana K000489053
Smith, P.A. [1164], Zambia K000489057
Smith, P.A. [249], Botswana K000489055
Terry, J. [236], Botswana K000489039
Smith, P.A. [2593], Botswana K000489052
Smith, P.A. [2943], Botswana K000489050
Smith, P.A. [2512], Botswana K000489051
Terry, J. [226], Botswana K000489049

First published in Mitt. Bot. Staatssamml. München 8: 336 (1953)

Accepted by

  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
  • Jongkind, C.C.H. (2014). Notes on African Combretum Loefl. Species (Combretaceae) Adansonia, sér. 3, 36: 315-327.
  • Launert, E. (ed.) (1978). Flora Zambesiaca 4: 1-658. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Mannheimer, C.A. & Curtis, B.A. (eds.) (2009). Le Roux and Müller's field guide to the trees and shrubs of Namibia, rev. ed.: 1-525. Macmillan Education Namibia, Windhoek.

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