Baphia kirkii Baker

First published in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 2: 250 (1871)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is Kenya to Mozambique. It is a tree and grows primarily in the seasonally dry tropical biome.

Descriptions

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/35792/9953317

Conservation
VU - vulnerable
[IUCN]

Extinction risk predictions for the world's flowering plants to support their conservation (2024). Bachman, S.P., Brown, M.J.M., Leão, T.C.C., Lughadha, E.N., Walker, B.E. https://nph.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/nph.19592

Conservation
Predicted extinction risk: not threatened. Confidence: confident
[AERP]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Insufficiently known
Ecology
Africa: Zanzibar-Inhambane regional transition zone; forest, Cultivated, Zanzibar-Inhambane regional transition zone; bushland and thicket.
Morphology General Habit
Perennial, Not climbing, Tree
[ILDIS]

Leguminosae, J. B. Gillett, R. M. Polhill & B. Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1971

Morphology General Habit
A much-branched round-topped tree up to 27 m. high.
Morphology Stem
Young stems with a conspicuous rusty-brown tomentum.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves:petiole 8–32(–45) mm. long; lamina very variable in shape, broadly elliptic or elliptic to broadly ovate or lanceolate, 3–14 cm. long, 2–6(–8) cm. wide, cuneate, rounded, truncate or shallowly cordate and usually somewhat asymmetrical at the base, acute to acuminate or obtuse; upper and lower surfaces often pubescent when very young but quickly glabrescent; stipules broadly ovate to oblong, up to 15 × 4 mm., golden-brown, striate (see Faulkner 730).
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers in axillary racemes often aggregated towards the ends of branches into leafy pseudopanicles; infiorescence-axes tomentose with rusty-brown hairs; bracts oblong-concave, 2–4 mm. long, caducous; pedicels 6–18 mm., with rusty-brown indumentum; bracteoles ovate or lanceolate to elliptic or oblong, 2–4.5 × 1–2.2 mm., with rusty-brown tomentum, usually inserted immediately below the calyx but occasionally up to 4 mm. distant from it.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx 8–13 mm. long, glabrous except for a small tuft of hairs at the apex (in marked contrast to the bracteoles), at anthesis splitting down 2 sides into 2 separate halves.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals white, the standard with a yellow or orange blotch near the base; standard 14–21 mm. long; wings and keel-petals 12–17 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamen-filaments glabrous; anthers 1–1.5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary glabrous, black.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pods (7–)9–14 × (1.8–)2.5–5 cm., somewhat woody, pale straw-coloured.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds lenticular, up to 18 × 14 × 5 mm., reddish-black.
Figures
Fig. 10, p. 54.
Habitat
Lowland dry evergreen and riverine forest, coastal bushland and thicket; 0–400 m.
Distribution
not known elsewhere T3 T6
[FTEA]

Uses

Use
Environmental, Food and Drink, Wood
[ILDIS]

Sources

  • Angiosperm Extinction Risk Predictions v1

    • Angiosperm Threat Predictions
    • http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
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    • Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0
  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

    • 'The Herbarium Catalogue, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet http://www.kew.org/herbcat [accessed on Day Month Year]'. Please enter the date on which you consulted the system.
    • Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
  • IUCN Categories

    • IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
    • http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0
  • International Legume Database and Information Service

    • International Legume Database and Information Service (ILDIS) V10.39 Nov 2011
    • http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2024. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2023 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 2024. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2023 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0