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

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Liane 5–15 m. in height with stems more than 8 cm. in diameter; old bark often greyish or whitish, slightly fibrous; young branches smooth, sometimes with 4 small ridges.
Morphology Leaves Stipules
Stipules with fimbriate margins or acute teeth up to 1 mm. long.
Morphology Leaves
Petiole channelled, (3–)5–10(2–15) mm. long; blade papery to subcoriaceous, elliptic to obovate, 3–10(–17) cm. long, 1.3–4.5(–12.5) cm. wide, shortly acuminate (acumen 2–10 mm. long), cuneate, sometimes abruptly so, at the base; margin entire or with 6–15 teeth each side; secondary nerves, 4–7 pairs, the finest often indistinct when dry.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences consisting of 1.2–3 mm. long axillary cymes, brownish red or brownish yellow when dry; axis quadrangular; bracts acute, slightly denticulate, at least near the base, to fimbriate; pedicels 2–2.5 mm. long.
Morphology General Buds
Buds 1 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white, green, cream, yellow or orange, 1.5–3.5 mm. in diameter.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals unequal, ovate to lanceolate, sometimes slightly denticulate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals subspathulate, ± 1.7 mm. long, 0.7 mm. wide, obtuse, 1 straight, 4 arcuate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 0.3 mm. long; anthers 2 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Pistil, including the disc, ± 0.7 mm. in diameter, 0.4 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits Infructescences
Infructescence-axis distinctive, consisting of a succession of short zig-zag internodes, all branches having fallen off.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruits of (1–2)–3 mericarps; mericarps oblong, 2.5–4 cm. long, 1–1.8 cm. wide with a rounded, acute, subtruncate or sometimes bifid apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 2 in each mericarp, 2–3.5 cm. long, 0.8–1.2 cm. wide, the wing reddish pink, the testa brownish red, sometimes subapiculate.
Figures
Fig. 13/1, p. 50.
Distribution
W. to NE. tropical Africa and south to Angola and Mozambique

[FWTA]

Celastraceae, R. A. Blakelock. Flora of West Tropical Africa 1:2. 1958

Morphology General Habit
Climbing shrub
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers green to yellow-cream.

[FZ]

Celastraceae, N. K. Robson. Flora Zambesiaca 2:2. 1966

Morphology General Habit
Liane or scandent shrub, to over 5 m. high (over 30 m. in W. Africa), glabrous; sterns greyish-brown, smooth and slightly 4-lined or terete when young, soon becoming terete, without lenticels.
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-lamina ± deep green above, paler below, often ± glaucous, 3·5–9·2 × 1·7–3·6 cm. in our area (to 12 × 6·6 cm. in Cameroun), oblong or elliptic-ovate or obovate, acuminate at the apex, with margin entire (in our area) to undulate or glandular-serrulate, cuneate to truncate and decurrent at the base, thin to subcoriaceous, with midrib and 4–6 lateral nerves plane or slightly prominent on both sides, and reticulate venation often visible below; petiole 5–12(14) mm. long; stipules 0·2–0·5 mm. long, broadly triangular to semi-lunar, fimbriate, not united.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers ?, scented, in lax or ± dense simple axillary dichasia; peduncles and inflorescence branches quadrangular; buds c. 0·6 mm. long, globose; pedicels 0·2–1 (2·5) mm. long; bracts 0·5–0·8 mm. long, triangular, acute, entire or eroded-denticulate, with fimbriate basal auricles, persistent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals greenish, c. 0·5 mm. long, unequal, ovate to oblong, obtuse to rounded, with margin irregularly ciliolate or subentire, free or united in the lower 1/3.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals green or white to yellow or orange, 1–1·5 mm. long, obovate to oblong-oblanceolate, rounded, entire, with margins plane, imbricate in bud, spreading or suberect and grouped 2:2:1 over the stamens at anthesis.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disk single, deeply 3-lobed, each almost separate concave lobe enclosing a stamen.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 3, with filaments short, broad; anthers extrorse, circular, 1-thecous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary with 3 sessile divergent stigmas, each curved down over a stamen; ovules 2 per loculus.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Mericarps green tinged purplish-brown, c. 3 × 1 cm., flattened, narrowly oblong, obtuse to rounded at the apex, 2-seeded, almost smooth.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds winged, with veins marginal and submedian.

Native to:

Angola, Benin, Burkina, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Apodostigma pallens (Planch. ex Oliv.) R.Wilczek appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1983 Fries, R.E. [1954], Kenya K000036046
Jan 1, 1982 Letouzey, R. [14818], Cameroon K000093537
Mann [855], Sierra Leone K000036044
illegible [s.n.], Sierra Leone K000036045
unknown [341], Gambia K000036043

First published in Bull. Jard. Bot. État Bruxelles 26: 403 (1956)

Accepted by

  • Akoègninou, A., van der Burg, W.J. & van der Maesen, L.J.G. (eds.) (2006). Flore Analytique du Bénin: 1-1034. Backhuys Publishers.
  • Boudet, G., Lebrun, J.P. & Demange, R. (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali: 1-465. Etudes d'Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux.
  • Catarino, L., Martins, E.S., Diniz, M.A. & Pinto-Basto, M.F. (2006). Check-list da flora vascular do parque natural das Lagos de Cufada (Guiné-Bissau) Garcia de Orta, Série de Botânica 17: 97-141.
  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 529. MIM, Deurne.
  • Lejoy, J., Ndjele, M.-B. & Geerinck, D. (2010). Catalogue-flore des plantes vasculaires des districts de Kisangani et de la Tshopo (RD Congo) Taxonomania 30: 1-307.
  • Robson, N.K.B. & al. (1994). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Celastraceae: 1-78.
  • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.
  • Thiombiano, A., Schmidt, M., Dressler, S., Ouédraogo, A., Hahn, K. & Zizka, G. (2012). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Burkina Faso Boissiera 65: 1-391.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Boudet, G., Lebrun, J.P. & Demange, R. (1986). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Mali: 1-465. Etudes d'Elevage et de Médecine Vétérinaire des Pays Tropicaux.
  • Boulvert, Y. (1977). Catalogue de la Flore de Centrafrique 1: 1-114. ORSTROM, Bangui.
  • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.
  • Thiombiano, A., Schmidt, M., Dressler, S., Ouédraogo, A., Hahn, K. & Zizka, G. (2012). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Burkina Faso Boissiera 65: 1-391.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • N. Hallé in Adansonia, sér. 2, 17: 404 (1978)
  • N. Hallé in Bull. I.F.A.N., sér. A, 21, t. 63 (1959)
  • N. Hallé in Fl. Cameroun 32: 156 (1990).
  • N. Hallé in Fl. Gabon 29: 193, t. 56 (1986)
  • N. Hallé in Mem. I.F.A.N. 64: 95, t. 34, 35, 37 (1962)
  • N. Hallé in Pollen et Spores 2: 9 (1960).
  • N. Hallé, Thèses Fac. Sci. Univ. Paris, Monogr. Hipp. Afr. Occ.: 91 (1958)
  • R. Wilczek in Bulletin du Jardin Botanique de l'État a Bruxelles 26: 403, t. 2 (1956).
  • R. Wilczek in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 9: 144 (1960).

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