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

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
A twining and climbing shrub up to 8 m.; rootstock tuberous; branches velutinous when young, becoming glabrescent.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite or subopposite; lamina ovate to broadly ovate, up to 11 cm. long and 7 cm. wide, apex acutely acuminate, base cordate to subcordate, densely villous when young, less so when mature; lateral nerves 4–8 pairs; petiole 3 mm. long, sometimes developing into a spine 2–5 cm. long bearing a rudimentary leaf.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences (and infructescences) appearing before the leaves, 1–2 dense secund spikes up to 22 cm. long in the axils of the old leaves.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers pink.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Receptacle
Lower receptacle 3 mm. long, stout and densely silvery to rufous sericeous pubescent; upper receptacle campanulate, 9–11 mm. long, ± 4 mm. in diameter, densely silky pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals triangular-subulate, ± 2 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals oblong-obovate, 5–6 mm. long, 1.2–1.5 mm. wide, pubescent externally.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamen-filaments 18–20 mm. long, bright green, biseriate; anthers 1.5–2 mm. long, brownish crimson.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disk-margin not free, pilose.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit (fig. 7/39, p. 51, and 8/4, p. 62) 5-winged, ovate to broadly obovate in outline, 2.3–2.8 cm. long, 2–2.2 cm. wide, pubescent; apical peg absent; stipe 4–5 mm. long.
Figures
Fig. 8, p. 62.
Habitat
Deciduous bushland and woodland; 900–1600 m.
Distribution
T1 T4 T5 T6 T7 not known elsewhere

Native to:

Tanzania

Combretum longispicatum (Engl.) Engl. & Diels appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Fischer [254], Tanzania K000226468 lectotype

First published in H.G.A.Engler, Monogr. Afrik. Pflanzen-Fam. 3: 95 (1899)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
  • 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: 95 (1899).
  • J.P.M. Brenan, Check-lists of the Forest Trees and Shrubs of the British Empire no. 5, part II, Tanganyika Territory p. 133 (1949).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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