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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & Subtropical Old World.
Loeseneriella africana var. obtusifolia


Celastraceae, N.K.B. Robson, N. Hallé, B. Mathew and R. Blakelock†. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1994

Morphology General Habit
Tall lianes or scandent shrubs; old stems grooved with fairly deep furrows filled with parenchyma (this structure allows a certain degree of flexibility in tall lianes); the most massive of these trunks sometimes break into four separate stems which repeat the structure of the original
Morphology Leaves
Leaves mostly opposite, petiolate; blade entire or moderately crenulate
Morphology Leaves Stipules
Stipules free or borne on a transverse flange-like structure
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences of axillary cymes without accessory branches
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers usually with conical buds
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals 5, equal or unequal, rather small
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 5, valvate or with the margins slightly overlapping, often rather long, glabrous or pubescent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disc very variable in its degree of development, often complex with a collar-like base encircling a separate fleshy pad, sometimes cup-like with the centre extended upwards into a thick fleshy column
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 3; anthers with extrorse transverse dehiscence; pollen in monads, tricolporate, ± 20–40 ? in diameter, finely reticulate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary thin-walled, enclosed within the base of the filaments; ovules 4–15(–20) per locule; style conic-pyramidal with a punctiform stigma
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit of 3 dehiscent mericarps, each with 2 caducous valves
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Cotyledons fused Seeds winged, with a marginal and submedian vein (the raphe), inserted into pocket-like structures at the point of attachment Germination hypogeal.

Native to:

Andaman Is., Angola, Assam, Bangladesh, Benin, Bismarck Archipelago, Borneo, Botswana, Burkina, Burundi, Cabinda, Cambodia, Cameroon, Caprivi Strip, Caroline Is., Central African Repu, Chad, China South-Central, China Southeast, Comoros, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Hainan, India, Ivory Coast, Jawa, Kenya, Laos, Lesser Sunda Is., Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaya, Mali, Maluku, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, New Guinea, New South Wales, Nicobar Is., Niger, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Philippines, Queensland, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Solomon Is., Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sulawesi, Sumatera, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Vanuatu, Vietnam, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Loeseneriella A.C.Sm. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Oct 1, 2007 Cheek, M. [11495], Cameroon K000023339

First published in Amer. J. Bot. 28: 438 (1941)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R., Nic Lughadha, E., Black, N., Turner, R. & Paton, A. (2021). The World Checklist of Vascular Plants, a continuously updated resource for exploring global plant diversity. Scientific Data 8: 215.


Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • N. Hallé in Mém. I.F.A.N. 64: 103 (1962)
  • R. Wilczek in F.C.B. 9: 148 (1960)
  • in Adansonia, sér. 2, 17: 398 (1978)
  • in Amer. Journ. Bot. 28: 438 (1941)
  • in Fl. Cameroun 32: 190 (1990)
  • in Fl. Gabon 29: 233 (1986)

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa

Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

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 and
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families.