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This species is accepted, and its native range is W. Tanzania to N. Zambia.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Straggling shrub or small tree up to 4 m.; branches nearly at right-angles, glabrous.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite; lamina papyraceous to chartaceous or subcoriaceous, narrowly elliptic, 2.5–5 cm. long, 1–2 cm. wide, acute or obtuse, rounded or emarginate at the base, glabrous except for some indumentum on the nerves when young and tufts of hairs in the axils of the lateral nerves beneath, conspicuously lepidote when young but inconspicuously so when mature; lateral nerves 3–6 pairs; petiole l–2(–3.5) mm. long, puberulous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence of short, 1 cm. long, subcapitate spikes in the axils of the young leaves or forming a short panicle by suppression of the upper leaves.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers (fig. 3/8, p. 14) yellowish or yellow-green.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Receptacle
Lower receptacle 2–2.5 mm. long, tomentellous; upper receptacle cupuliform, 3.5–4(–4.5) mm. long, 3–4 mm. wide, appressed pubescent, often with 4 tomentellous nerves running up into the sepals.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals triangular.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals obtriangular to obovate or subcircular, 1.3 mm. long, 1 mm. wide, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamen-filaments 3.5–4 mm. long; anthers 1–1.2 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disk with a pilose margin free for ± 1 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style 1.5–2 mm. long, somewhat swollen at the apex and apparently considerably expanded for a short period.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit (fig. 4/8, p. 15) oval to suborbicular in outline, 3–4 cm. long, 2.5–3 cm. wide, tomentellous when young, not conspicuously lepidote, apex somewhat emarginate; apical peg short, up to 0.6 mm.; wings 9–12 mm. wide, decurrent at the base in the 1.2–2 cm. long slender stipe.
Morphology General Scales
Scales (fig. 1/8, p. 12) 35–60(–70) μ in diameter, with 8–12 marginal cells.
Habitat
Brachystegia woodland and deciduous thicket; 900 m.
Distribution
T4

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Shrub or small tree up to 4 m. high, or sometimes scandent; young branchlets purple, tomentellous (glabrous fide Liben).
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite; lamina up to 4(5·5) x 1·5(2) cm., papyraceous to chartaceous or subcoriaceous, narrowly elliptic, conspicuously lepidote when young but inconspicuously so when mature, otherwise nearly glabrous except for some indumentum on the nerves when young and tufts of hairs in the axils of the nerves beneath, apex rather blunt, base rounded; lateral nerves 3–5 pairs; petiole up to 3·5 mm. long, pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences of short subcapitate spikes in the axils of the young leaves or forming a short panicle by suppression of the upper leaves; rhachis tomentose; bracts 1·5 x 0·5 mm., obovate-elliptic, caducous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Receptacle
Lower receptacle 2–2·5 mm. long, tomentellous; upper receptacle 3·5–4(4·5) x 3–4 mm., cupuliform, appressed-pubescent often with 4 tomentellous nerves running up into the sepals.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals 1·5 x 1·2 mm., triangular.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 1·3 x 1 mm., obtriangular to obovate or subcircular, glabrous, scarcely exceeding the sepals.
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 a pilose margin free for c. 1 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style 4·5 mm. long, somewhat swollen at the apex and apparently considerably expanded for a short period.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit up to 3(4) x 2·5(3) cm., tomentellous when young, not conspicuously lepidote, apical peg very short (up to c. 0·6 mm.), decurrent at the base into the up to 1·2(2) cm. long slender stipe.
Morphology General Scales
Scales like those of C. schumannii but tending to be smaller, 35(40)–60(70)µ in diam., and less subdivided, with 8–12 marginal cells.

Native to:

Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre

Combretum gillettianum Liben appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Bull. Jard. Bot. État Bruxelles 35: 177 (1965)

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.
  • Launert, E. (ed.) (1978). Flora Zambesiaca 4: 1-658. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • 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.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Jongkind, C.C.H. (2014). Notes on African Combretum Loefl. Species (Combretaceae) Adansonia, sér. 3, 36: 315-327.
  • Liben, L. (1968). Flore du Congo du Rwanda et du Burundi, Combretaceae: 1-105. Jardin Botanique National de Belgique, Bruxelles.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Exell in Kirkia 7: 178 (1970).
  • Liben in Bulletin du Jardin Botanique de l'État a Bruxelles 35: 177 (1965)
  • Liben in Flore du Congo Belge, du Ruanda et du Burundi, Combr.: 70 (1968).

Flora Zambesiaca
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
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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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