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This species is accepted, and its native range is Central African Republic to SW. Ethiopia and NW. Kenya.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium


Combretaceae, G. E. Wickens. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1973

Morphology General Habit
Semi-scandent shrub ± 3 m. high to liane climbing to at least 16 m.
Morphology Stem
Yellow-brown bark peeling rapidly to reveal light brown wood; young shoots sparsely to densely yellow-brown pubescent.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite, subopposite or ternate; lamina membranous to coriaceous, oblong-oblanceolate, up to 23.5 cm. long, 5.5 cm. wide, apex acute to apiculate or acuminate, base cordate, margins undulate, glabrous (except for the scales) or pilose on the midrib beneath; scales golden reddish, scattered; lateral nerves 12–16 pairs, subprominent beneath; petiole up to 5 mm. long, yellow-brown pubescent at first, densely lepidote.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence axillary, simple or paniculate due to suppression of the leaves, spikes somewhat globose, ± 1.5 cm. in diameter; peduncle up to 1.5 cm. long, yellow-brown pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers greenish-white to yellow, odour not recorded.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Receptacle
Lower receptacle 3.5 mm. long; upper receptacle infundibuliform, 5–6 mm. long, 2.5–3 mm. wide, densely to lightly pubescent, lepidote.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals deltate-subulate, 1.5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals oblanceolate, 2 mm. long, 0.8 mm. wide, ciliate (glabrous according to F.C.B.).
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamen-filaments 5 mm. long; anthers 0.8 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disk inconspicuous, with no free margin.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style 7 mm. long, shorter than the stamens.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit (fig. 5/24, p. 16) ovate in outline, ± 3–4 cm. long, 1.5–2 cm. wide, glabrous except for the scales; wings somewhat glossy, usually 4, sometimes 5 or 6, 3–4 mm. wide; apical peg absent; stipe up to 3–5 mm. long.
Morphology General Scales
Scales (fig. 2/24, p. 13) 100–150 μ in diameter, marginal cells not or only slightly scalloped; cells numerous, greatly radially elongated.
Riverine forest; ± 800 m.
K2 U1

Native to:

Central African Repu, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda, Zaïre

Combretum capituliflorum Fenzl ex Schweinf. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1968 Lebrun, J. [2160], Congo, DRC K000226381 Unknown type material
Kotschy [475], Ethiopia K000226439
Kotschy [475], Ethiopia K000226440
Kotschy [468], Ethiopia K000226441
Kotschy [468], Ethiopia K000226442

First published in Reliq. Kotschy.: 33 (1868)

Accepted by

  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Edwards, S., Tadesse, M. & Hedberg, I. (eds.) (1995). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 2(2): 1-456. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
  • Lejoy, J., Ndjele, M.-B. & Geerinck, D. (2010). Catalogue-flore des plantes vasculaires des districts de Kisangani et de la Tshopo (RD Congo) Taxonomania 30: 1-307.
  • Liben, L. (1968). Flore du Congo du Rwanda et du Burundi, Combretaceae: 1-105. Jardin Botanique National de Belgique, Bruxelles.
  • Wickens, G.E. (1973). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Combretaceae: 1-99.


Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Burtt Davy, Check-lists Brit. Emp. 1, Uganda: 35 (1935).
  • Engl. & Diels in Monographieen Afrikanischer Pflanzen-Familien und Gattungen 3: 78, t. 24/A (1899).
  • F. W. Andr., The Flowering Plants of the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan 1: 203 (1950).
  • Laws, in Flora of Tropical Africa 2: 425 (1871).
  • Liben in Flore du Congo Belge, du Ruanda et du Burundi, Combr.: 53 (1968).
  • Schweinf., Reliq. Kotschy.: 33 (1868).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa

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