Corallocarpus ellipticus Chiov.

First published in Agric. Colon. 20: 45 (1926)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is Somalia to SE. Kenya. It is a semisucculent climber and grows primarily in the seasonally dry tropical biome.

Descriptions

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

Type
S3, Kismayu, Gorini 87 (FT holo.)
Morphology General Habit
Scandent herb; stems glabrous, glaucous
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-blade broadly reniform-cordate, scabrid, 2–5 x 4–7 cm, palmately 3-lobed, lobes ovate to oblanceolate and sometimes ± lobulate; petioles sparsely scabrid, 1.5–3 cm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Male flowers 2–10, in 1–2 mm long subcapitate racemes Female flowers in shortly racemose 2–11-flowered clusters
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Peduncles
Peduncles thickened towards the apex, 1.4–5 cm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Hypanthium
Hypanthium 1.5–2 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals triangular, c. 1.5 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals greenish-yellow, c. 2.5 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary 3.5–4.5 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruits ovoid, apically rounded, glabrous, red with green cup, 1–1.7 x 0.7–0.9 cm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel
Pedicels 4–10 mm long Pedicels 1–5 mm long Pedicels 0.5–1 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds pyriform, apically compressed, slightly curved, c. 4.5 mm long.
Distribution
S2, 3; E Kenya
Ecology
Altitude range 10–130 m.
[FSOM]

Cucurbitaceae, C. Jeffrey. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1967

Morphology General Habit
Climbing subsucculent herb; stems glabrous, glaucous.
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-blade broadly reniform-cordate in outline, scabrid-punctate, apiculate, 20–54 mm. long, 45–68 mm. broad, palmately 3-lobed; lobes ovate-triangular, not narrowed below, to oblanceolate-elliptic, narrowed below, and sometimes ± lobulate; petiole sparsely scabrid, glaucous, 15–31 mm. long.
sex Male
Male flowers 2–10 subcapitate in 1–2 mm. long racemes apical on somewhat upwards-expanded 14–50 mm. long peduncles; pedicels 0.5–1 mm. long; receptacle-tube 1.5–2 mm. long; lobes triangular, 1.5 mm. long; petals 2.5 mm. long; disk free from sides of tube.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flowers in shortly racemose 2–11-flowered groups, often coaxillary with ♂; pedicels 1–5 mm. long; ovary fusiform, 3.5–4.5 mm. long, 1–2.5 mm. across; receptacle-tube 1.5–2 mm. long; lobes triangular, 1–1.5 mm. long; petals 2.5 mm. long; disk obscure. Male flowers 2–10 subcapitate in 1–2 mm. long racemes apical on somewhat upwards-expanded 14–50 mm. long peduncles; pedicels 0.5–1 mm. long; receptacle-tube 1.5–2 mm. long; lobes triangular, 1.5 mm. long; petals 2.5 mm. long; disk free from sides of tube.
sex Female
Female flowers in shortly racemose 2–11-flowered groups, often coaxillary with ♂; pedicels 1–5 mm. long; ovary fusiform, 3.5–4.5 mm. long, 1–2.5 mm. across; receptacle-tube 1.5–2 mm. long; lobes triangular, 1–1.5 mm. long; petals 2.5 mm. long; disk obscure.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruits 1–3 on 4–10 mm. long pedicels, ovoid, apically rounded, not beaked, 11–17 mm. long, 7–9 mm. across, red with green cup.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds pyriform, apically compressed, slightly curved, 4.5 × 2–3 × 2 mm.
Figures
Fig. 24/5–7, p. 140.
Habitat
Bushland on coral sand near sea-level
Distribution
K7
[FTEA]

Sources

  • Flora of Somalia

    • Flora of Somalia
    • http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0
  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0
  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2022 World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2022 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0