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

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Shrub or small tree usually up to c. 5 m. tall in our area (recorded up to 12 m. in Kenya) or liane; bark silvery-grey, smooth; branchlets puberulous to tomentellous when young, glabrescent.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite or subopposite or occasionally alternate; lamina 3–10 x 3–4·5 cm. (up to 11·5 x 5·5 cm. in Tanzania), papyraceous, narrowly elliptic to elliptic (to broadly elliptic in Tanzania), rather abruptly acuminate at the apex and cuneate to rounded at the base, usually pubescent on the nerves below but sometimes almost glabrous (except for scales), tufts of hairs in the axils of the nerves beneath absent or rarely conspicuous, lepidote below; lateral nerves 5–8 pairs, rather prominent below, slightly so above; petiole 3–20 mm. long, slender, densely pubescent to almost glabrous, sometimes sparsely lepidote.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences up to c. 10 cm. long, of terminal panicles of spikes often with unbranched spikes in the axils of the upper leaves; rhachis tomentellous to pubescent, ± glabrescent; bracts not seen.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers sessile, yellow or white, lepidote but otherwise glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals 1 x l·2 mm., broadly ovate, lepidote otherwise glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 1–2 mm. long, linear-elliptic, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamen-filaments 2 mm. long; anthers 0·4 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disk 1·5–2 mm. in diam., pilose.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit 1·1–1·9 x 1–1·9(2) cm., subcircular in outline or somewhat broader than long, rufous-lepidote otherwise glabrous, apical peg absent or less than 0·5 mm. long, wings c. 7 mm. broad, stipe up to 2 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds Cotyledons
Cotyledons 2, 1–1·2 x 1·5–1·8 cm., subcircular to transversely elliptic or subreniform with petioles 2–4 mm. long, borne above soil level.
Morphology General Scales
Scales similar to those of C. celastroides but mature leaves with additional smaller scales as little as 50µ in diam. and with a simplified cellular pattern with down to c. 12 marginal cells.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Tree or many-stemmed scandent shrub up to 12 m. tall.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite or subopposite; lamina subcoriaceous to papyraceous, elliptic to oblong-elliptic, (1.5–)5–11.5 cm. long, (1.1–)1.5–5.5 cm. wide, apex usually ± acuminate, base acute or obtuse, glabrous or very sparsely pubescent, tufts of hairs in the axils of the lateral nerves beneath absent or inconspicuous, sparsely golden lepidote beneath; lateral nerves 4–8 pairs; petiole 6–25 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences 3–10.5 cm. long, solitary or rarely 2–3 in the axils of the upper leaves (the leaves may fall to give the appearance of a branched terminal panicle).
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers yellowish or white, scented.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Receptacle
Lower and upper receptacles rufous lepidote, otherwise glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals broadly triangular.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals narrowly elliptic, 1.5 mm. long, 0.25 mm. wide, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamen-filaments 3 mm. long; anthers 0.4 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disk 1.5–2 mm. in diameter, pilose, indented where the filaments are inserted, without a distinct free margin.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style 2 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit (fig. 4/2, p. 15) subcircular to transversely elliptic in outline, 1.5–2 cm. in diameter, rufous or golden lepidote, otherwiseglabrous; apical peg absent; wings 7–9 mm. broad, sometimes flushed red; stipe 2–3 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds Germination
Cotyledons 2, broadly reniform, petiolate, borne above soil-level.
Morphology General Scales
Scales (fig. 1/2, p. 12) similar to C. celastroides but mature leaves with scales as small as 50 μ in diameter.
Habitat
Riverine, coastal and swamp forests, also deciduous thickets; 0–1500 m.
Distribution
K6 K7 T2 T3 T5 T6 T7 T8

[FSOM]

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

Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite or subopposite; blade ± broadly elliptic, 1.5–11.5 x 1.1–5.5 cm, ± acuminate at the apex, glabrous or almost so, but with golden scales beneath; petiole 6–25 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers 4-merous, yellowish or white, in spikes
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Receptacle
Lower and upper receptacle with reddish scales, the upper almost flat; disc hairy
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals c. 1.5 x 0.25 mm, glabrous; filaments c. 3 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruits 4-winged, subcircular in outline, 1.5–2 cm in diam., with reddish or golden scales, wings 7–9 mm wide; stipe 2–3 mm long.
Distribution
S3 south-central Africa southwards to Transvaal.
Ecology
Altitude range c. 50 m.
Morphology General Habit
Scandent shrub

Native to:

Angola, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Somalia, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Combretum padoides Engl. & Diels appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Mar 1, 2014 Festo, L. [2805], Kenya K000812471
Jan 1, 1967 Menyhart [s.n.] K000226545
Jan 1, 1928 Holst, C. [2219], Tanzania K000226424
Holst, C. [2219], Tanzania K000226425
Menyharth [s.n.], Mozambique K000226546
Galpin, E.E. [885], South Africa K000226565 Unknown type material

First published in H.G.A.Engler, Monogr. Afrik. Pflanzen-Fam. 3: 13 (1899)

Accepted by

  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. 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.
  • Wickens, G.E. (1973). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Combretaceae: 1-99.

Literature

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. 146 (1961).
  • Engl. & Diels in Monographieen Afrikanischer Pflanzen-Familien und Gattungen 3: 13, t. 2/B (1899).
  • Exell in Kirkia 7: 170 (1970).
  • F. White, Forest Flora of Northern Rhodesia p. 284 (1962).
  • J.P.M. Brenan, Check-lists of the Forest Trees and Shrubs of the British Empire no. 5, part II, Tanganyika Territory p. 138 (1949).
  • Liben in Flore du Congo Belge, du Ruanda et du Burundi, Combr.: 40 (1968).

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