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This species is accepted, and its native range is SW. & S. DR Congo to Angola.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium


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

Morphology General Habit
Scrambling evergreen woody climber up to c. 5 m.; old stems fluted; bark grey-black to black-brown; branchlets albo-lepidote otherwise pubescent to nearly glabrous.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite, often coloured and bract-like just below the inflorescences, somewhat glossy; lamina up to 10 x 4·5 cm., subcoriaceous, oblong or elliptic-oblong or obovate-oblong, usually glabrous (except for scales) or nearly so, rather densely lepidote but scales not contiguous and appearing somewhat impressed, apex blunt or rounded and sometimes shortly acuminate and mucronate, base usually subcordate or sometimes rounded; midrib somewhat impressed above, conspicuous beneath; lateral nerves 4–8 pairs; petiole up to 6 mm. long but often only 3 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences of axillary (more rarely terminal) usually rather congested or even subcapitate spikes usually 1·5–2 cm. long (sometimes laxer and more elongate, up to 3·5 cm. long) on a tomentose to sparsely lepidote peduncle 1–3 cm. long or appearing paniculate by suppression of the upper leaves; rhachis tomentose to sparsely pubescent, lepidote; bracts 3 mm. long, filiform, caducous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers dull-yellow or cream or greenish, scented.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Receptacle
Lower receptacle 1–1·5 mm. long, tomentose to sparsely pubescent, lepidote; upper receptacle 1·5 x 2·5–3 mm., broadly campanulate, very sparsely pubescent, rather densely lepidote.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals 0·7 x 0·7 mm., deltate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 1–2 x 1 mm., elliptic to broadly transversely elliptic, shortly unguiculate, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamen-filaments 5–7 mm. long; anthers 0·8–1 mm. long, apiculate at the apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style 4–5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit pale-green becoming pinkish, 2·3(3) x 2·4 cm., 4-winged, subcircular in outline, sparsely pubescent and lepidote, apical peg very short, wings up to 10 mm. broad, stipe 2–3 mm. long.
Morphology General Scales
Scales sometimes no more than 50–75µ in diam., cuticular membrane raised to form a secretion-filled cavity (otherwise as for the section).

Native to:

Angola, Zambia, Zaïre

Combretum gossweileri Exell appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1961 Gossweiler, J. [4047], Angola K000226611 Unknown type material
Jan 1, 1961 Gossweiler, J. [4047], Angola K000226612 Unknown type material

First published in J. Bot. 66(Suppl. 1): 166 (1928)

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.
  • Liben, L. (1968). Flore du Congo du Rwanda et du Burundi, Combretaceae: 1-105. Jardin Botanique National de Belgique, Bruxelles.

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