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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tropical Africa.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Liane climbing to 15 m.; stems up to 15 cm. in diam.; bark grey to silvery, rough and flaky.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite; lamina 5–9 x 2·5–5 cm., papyraceous to chartaceous, obovate-elliptic or narrowly elliptic, rather inconspicuously lepidote otherwise nearly glabrous except for tufts of hairs in the axils of the lateral nerves beneath, apex blunt to acute and slightly acuminate, base cuneate; lateral nerves 5–7 pairs; petiole up to 12 mm. long, slender.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences of short axillary subcapitate spikes up to 2·5 cm. long; rhachis glabrous; bracts not seen; peduncle up to 1 cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers sessile, congested.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Receptacle
Lower receptacle 3 mm. long, lepidote otherwise glabrous; upper receptacle 3·5–4 x 2·5–3 mm., infundibuliform, lepidote otherwise glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals 0·5 mm. long, acuminate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 1·2–2 x 0·8–1–5 mm., obovate to subcircular, unguiculate, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamen-filaments 3–5 mm. long; anthers 1–1·5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disk with a pilose margin free for 1 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style 6 mm. long, slightly expanded at the apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit brownish- or yellowish-green or green, up to 5·5 x 4–5 cm., subcircular to elliptic in outline, lepidote otherwise glabrous, apical peg absent or very short, not decurrent at the base, wings 1·5–2 cm. broad and rather thin, stipe up to 2·5(3) cm. long, slender.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds Cotyledons
Cotyledons 2, transversely elliptic, 3–3·5 x 5·5 cm., petioles 2–4 mm. long, arising above soil level.
Morphology General Scales
Scales c. 50–85µ in diam.

Native to:

Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Combretum kirkii M.A.Lawson appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1966 Kirk, J. [s.n.], Mozambique K000226541
Jan 1, 1961 Kirk, J. [s.n.], Mozambique K000226540 holotype
Menyhart [s.n.] K000226539 Unknown type material

First published in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 2: 429 (1871)

Accepted by

  • 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.

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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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