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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Ethiopia to E. Tanzania.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Morphology General Habit
Scandent shrub up to 5 m high; young branches tomentose
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite; blade narrowly oblong-elliptic to obovate, up to 13 x 4 cm, usually rounded at the apex, subcordate at the base, pubescent, particularly beneath and with silvery scales; petiole up to 5 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers 4-merous, yellowish, in short axillary spikes on up to 2 cm long, densely pubescent peduncles
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Receptacle
Lower receptacle c. 1 mm long, upper 2–3 mm long, campanulate, ± densely pubescent as well as with scales
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals c. 1.5 mm long, oblong-obovate; filaments c. 4 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit narrowly 4-winged, 2–3 cm long, ovate-acute in outline, glabrous, with c. 2 mm long stipe; wings 1.5–7 mm wide.
Distribution
S2, 3; Kenya, Tanzania
Ecology
Altitude range 20–70 m.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Much-branched bushy scandent deciduous shrub up to 5 m. high.
Morphology Branches
Young branches densely tomentose but peeling to expose a greyish purple surface.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite; lamina papyraceous, narrowly oblong-elliptic to obovate, up to 13 cm. long and 4 cm. wide, apex rounded, sometimes retuse or even apiculate, base subcordate, revolute or folded inwards in time of drought, pubescent to glabrescent and lepidote above, pubescent to tomentose beneath, often concealing the dense but not contiguous silvery scales; lateral nerves 8–14 pairs; petiole up to 5 mm. long, stout, densely rufous pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence simple axillary spikes 2.3 cm. long; peduncles up to 2 cm. long, densely rufous pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers (fig. 3/27, p. 14) yellow-green to yellow, fragrance not recorded.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Receptacle
Lower receptacle ± 1 mm. long, tomentose; upper receptacle campanulate, 2–3 mm. long, 2.5 mm. wide, tomentose to lightly pubescent, lepidote.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals deltate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals oblong-obovate, 1.5 mm. long, 0.8 mm. wide, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamen-filaments ± 4 mm. long, 2-seriately inserted near the base of the receptacle; anthers 0.5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disk lobed, not conspicuous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit (fig. 5/27, p. 16) ovate-acute in outline, 2–3 cm. long, 1.2–1.5 cm. wide, shallowly winged (wings 1.5–7 mm. wide), glabrous; stipe 2–3 mm. long.
Morphology General Scales
Scales (fig. 2/27, p. 13) as for the section.
Habitat
A common shrub of Acacia, Commiphora bushland; 300–1000 m.
Distribution
K4 K7 T3 T6

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania

Combretum exalatum Engl. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Oct 13, 1969 Kassner [490], Kenya K000226479 Unknown type material
Oct 13, 1969 Hildebrandt, J.M. [2561], Kenya K000226480 Unknown type material
Sep 8, 1969 Scott Elliot, G.F. [6743] K000226482 Unknown type material
Jan 1, 1939 Scott Elliot, G.F. [s.n.] K000226481
Holst [3559], Tanzania K000226478 Unknown type material
Stuhlmann [8971], Tanzania K000226483 lectotype

First published in Pflanzenw. Ost-Afrikas, C: 290 (1895)

Accepted by

  • 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.
  • Wickens, G.E. (1973). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Combretaceae: 1-99.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Jongkind, C.C.H. (2014). Notes on African Combretum Loefl. Species (Combretaceae) Adansonia, sér. 3, 36: 315-327.

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 1, (1993) Author: by M. Thulin [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Dale & Greenway, Kenya Trees and Shrubs p. 144 (1961).
  • Engl. & Diels in Monographieen Afrikanischer Pflanzen-Familien und Gattungen 3: 81, t. 24/G (1899).
  • Engl., Die Pflanzenwelt Ost-Afrikas und der Nachbargebiete, Theile C: 290 (1895).
  • J.P.M. Brenan, Check-lists of the Forest Trees and Shrubs of the British Empire no. 5, part II, Tanganyika Territory p. 136 (1949).

Flora of Somalia
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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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/
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