Genus:
Olax L.

Olax pentandra Sleumer

This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tanzania.

[FTEA]

Olacaceae, G. Ll. Lucas. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1968

Note
Since going to press, a fruiting specimen of Olax, Migeod 1007, has been found among the indeterminate material at the British Museum (Natural History). This provides evidence that O. pentandra Sleumer, based on Schlieben 5205 (B, holo.!, BM, iso.!) is specifically distinct from O. dissitiflora.
Diagnostic
It may be distinguished by the subsessile leaves, shorter pedicels (3–4 mm., not 6–10 mm. long) and the inflated calyx, which completely encloses the fruit and is up to 1.8 cm. long (not almost enclosing fruit and up to 9 mm. long); the stomatal pattern is also quite different. It seems in fact to have more affinity with certain W. African species, such as O. mannii Oliv.
Habitat
Wooded grassland; 180–240 m.
Distribution
T8 not known elsewhere

Native to:

Tanzania

Olax pentandra Sleumer appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Lotter, M.C. [1752], Mozambique K000787933 No

First published in Repert. Spec. Nov. Regni Veg. 38: 208 (1935)

Accepted by

  • Lucas, G.L. (1968). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Olacaceae: 1-15.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Lucas, G.L. (1968). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Olacaceae: 1-15.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • J.P.M. Brenan, Check-lists of the Forest Trees and Shrubs of the British Empire no. 5, part II, Tanganyika Territory p. 387(1949).
  • Sleumer in F. Fedde, Repertorium Speciorum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis 38: 208 (1935).

  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

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