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This genus is accepted, and its native range is S. Tropical & S. Africa.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Trees or shrubs, without latex, glabrous; branches lined or angular.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves spiral, entire, petiolate; stipules free, small, thick, deciduous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence pedunculate or rarely sessile, dichasial, ± numerous-flowered, simple, in axil of foliage leaves or rarely in axil of bracts forming “panicles”; bracts persistent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers bisexual, pedicellate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals 5, unequal, imbricate, ± united, with margin entire to subentire.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 5, white or greenish-white to cream or pale yellow, imbricate in bud, spreading.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disk inside stamens, single, ± shallowly concave, thin, not or scarcely lobed or crenulate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 5, with filaments thin, united with base of disk; anthers versatile, introrse, with separate thecae dehiscing longitudinally.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary superior, sessile, almost free or up to 1/2-immersed in the disk, (2)3-locular, with 2 erect collateral ovules in each loculus; style ± short, cylindric, simple; stigma (2)3-branched.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit capsular, often waxy or fleshy, with horn- or wing-like emergences.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 1–3, glossy, red-brown, almost covered by a thin yellow aril, with fleshy endosperm.

Native to:

Cape Provinces, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Zimbabwe

Pterocelastrus Meisn. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Timberlake, J. [5131], Mozambique K000613511
Timberlake, J. [5128], Mozambique K000613508
Timberlake, J. [5048], Mozambique K000613427

First published in Pl. Vasc. Gen. 1: 68 (1837)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R., Nic Lughadha, E., Black, N., Turner, R. & Paton, A. (2021). The World Checklist of Vascular Plants, a continuously updated resource for exploring global plant diversity. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-021-00997-6 Scientific Data 8: 215.

Literature

Flora Zambesiaca

  • Gen.: 68 (1837).

Flora Zambesiaca
Flora Zambesiaca
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

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