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This species is accepted, and its native range is SE. Kenya to NE. Tanzania.

[FTEA]

Amaranthaceae, C.C. Townsend. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1985

Morphology General Habit
Decumbent gregarious perennial herb, ± 0.3 m., sparingly branched from about the middle.
Morphology Stem
Stem and branches terete, slender, densely furnished with crisped whitish hairs, somewhat thickened at the nodes.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves ovate to elliptic, 3–7.5 × 1.8–3.5 cm., blunt to subacute at the mucronate apex, shortly cuneate at the base, with a 2–4 mm. petiole, subglabrous on both surfaces.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences axillary, borne from near the base of the stem, of rather short spikes ± 1 cm. wide and finally elongating to ± 4 cm. long; axis densely whitish pilose; peduncles 3–8 mm.; bracts lanceolate, 2–3 mm., glabrous or almost so, sharply mucronate with the excurrent midrib, finally spreading; bracteoles broader, deltoid-ovate, 2–3 mm., greenish white to brownish, mucronate with the excurrent midrib, glabrous or sparingly ciliate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers sessile.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Tepal
Tepals greenish white to brownish, lanceolate; outer 2 ± 5 mm., strongly 5-nerved, with the surface sulcate between the nerves, moderately furnished with patent fine white hairs; inner 2 slightly shorter, 3(–4)-nerved, very sparsely pilose or glabrous, broadly hyaline-margined; intermediate tepal similar with only one hyaline margin; midrib and lateral nerves confluent at the apex in an indistinct mucro.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens short and delicate, ± 1.75 mm.; pseudostaminodes absent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary shortly pyriform, ± 1 mm..
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style short, 0.5–1.5 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule ovoid, 3 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed ovoid, 2.75 mm., brown, shining, faintly reticulate.
Habitat
Shady forests on limestone; 0–380 m.
Distribution
K7 T3 not known elsewhere

Native to:

Kenya, Tanzania

Psilotrichum fallax C.C.Towns. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Publ. Cairo Univ. Herb. 7-8: 66 (1977)

Accepted by

  • Townsend, C.C. (1985). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Amaranthaceae: 1-136.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Townsend, C.C. (1985). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Amaranthaceae: 1-136.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • C.C. Townsend in Publ. Cairo Univ. Herb. 7–8: 66 (1977).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. 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
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0