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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania to Namibia.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Small tree 9–12(–20) m. tall, shrub or scandent.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite or subopposite (rarely alternate or pseudo-verticillate); lamina subcoriaceous to papyraceous, narrowly to broadly elliptic or oblong-elliptic or obovate, 2.5–14 cm. long, 1–8 cm. wide, usually shortly and rather bluntly acuminate at the apex and cuneate to rounded at the base, glabrous to fairly densely pubescent especially on the nerves beneath and often with tufts of hairs in the axils of the lateral nerves beneath, reddish or golden or silvery lepidote beneath, the scales usually not contiguous; lateral nerves 4–10 pairs; petiole 2.5–20 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences 5–15 cm. long, of terminal panicles of spikes, with lateral spikes, often unbranched, in the axils of the upper leaves.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers (fig. 3/1, p. 14) yellow or cream or whitish, sweetly scented.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Receptacle
Lower and upper receptacles rufous lepidote, otherwise glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals ovate-triangular.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals linear-elliptic, 1.5–2.5 mm. long, 0.3 mm. wide, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamen-filaments 1.5–2.5 mm. long; anthers 0.4–0.8 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disk 2–5.5 mm. in diameter, glabrous, with notches where the filaments are inserted, without a distinct free margin.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style 1.5–2.8 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit (fig. 4/1, p. 15)subcircular to transversely broadly elliptic in outline, 1.5–2.5 cm. in diameter, rufous or golden lepidote, otherwise glabrous or nearly so; apical peg 0.5–2.5 mm. long; wings 6–10 mm. broad; stipe 1.5–3 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds Germination
Cotyledons 2, with petioles 5–6 mm. long, borne above soil-level.
Morphology General Scales
Scales 150–300μ in diameter (fig. 1/1, p. 12).

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Small tree up to 9–12(20) m. tall or shrub, sometimes with sarmentose branches, or climber; crown rounded to flat-rounded; bark creamy-brown to grey, rough and very closely and shallowly fissured or smooth; branchlets tomentellous to pubescent, glabrescent.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite or subopposite (rarely alternate or pseudo-verticillate); lamina 2·5–14 x 1–8 cm., subcoriaceous to papyraceous, narrowly to broadly elliptic or oblong-elliptic or obovate, usually shortly and rather bluntly acuminate at the apex and cuneate to rounded at the base, glabrous to fairly densely pubescent especially on the nerves below and often with tufts of hairs in the axils of the lateral nerves below, punctulate above, reddish- or golden- or silvery-lepidote below, scales usually not contiguous; lateral nerves 4–10 pairs, rather prominent below, slightly so above; petiole 2·5–20 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences 5–15 cm. long, of terminal panicles of spikes with lateral spikes, often unbranched, in the axils of the upper leaves; rhachis tomentellous and sparsely lepidote; bracteoles 1–3 x 0·3–0·6 mm., caducous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers yellow or cream or whitish, sweet-scented, sessile.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Receptacle
Lower receptacle 2·5–6 x 0·3–1 mm. and, like the upper receptacle, rufous-lepidote otherwise glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals 2–2·5 x 1·5–2 mm., ovate-triangular, lepidote but otherwise glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 1·5–2·5 x 0·3 mm., linear-elliptic, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamen-filaments 1·5–2·5 mm. long; anthers 0·4–0·8 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disk 2–5·5 mm. in diam., glabrous, with notches where the filaments are inserted, without distinct free margin.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style 1·5–2·8 mm. long, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit 1·5–2·5 cm. in diam., subcircular to transversely broadly elliptic in outline, rufous- or golden-lepidote otherwise glabrous or nearly so, apical peg 0·5–2·5 mm. long, wings 6–10 mm. broad, stipe 1·5–3 mm. long articulated almost at the rhachis.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds Cotyledons
Cotyledons 2 with petioles 5–6 mm. long, borne above soil level.
Morphology General Scales
Scales 150–300µ in diam. (as in the sectional description).

Native to:

Angola, Botswana, Caprivi Strip, Mozambique, Namibia, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Combretum celastroides Welw. ex M.A.Lawson appears in other Kew resources:

First published in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 2: 422 (1871)

Accepted by

  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
  • 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.
  • Wickens, G.E. (1973). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Combretaceae: 1-99.

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Engl. & Diels in Monographieen Afrikanischer Pflanzen-Familien und Gattungen 3: 12 (1899).
  • Exell in Kirkia 7: 167 (1970).
  • F. White, Forest Flora of Northern Rhodesia p. 284 (1962).
  • Laws. in Flora of Tropical Africa 2: 422 (1871).

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