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This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia to E. & E. Central Tropical Africa.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

Pittosporaceae, G. Cufodontis (University of Vienna). Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1966

Morphology General Habit
Tree 3.5–8.5–18.5 m. high; bole 20–30 cm. in diameter.
Morphology Branches
Flowering branches rusty pubescent.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves crowded at ends of branches, with blade obovate to oblanceolate, with petiole 6–8.3–10 cm long, 1.8–2.5–3.5 cm. broad, rounded to shortly acuminate, blunt, tapering into the up to 10 mm. long petiole, dull dark green above, paler beneath, finally glabrous above, persistently fulvous-tomentose beneath; midrib ± flat above, prominent beneath; lateral nerves thin, scarcely visible above, hidden by the tomentum beneath; reticulation dense, uniform, poorly visible above, hidden by the tomentum beneath.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences racemose panicles; all branches rusty pubescent; bracts lanceolate to subulate, 4–5–6 mm. long and 2 mm. broad at base, glabrous above, pubescent beneath and on margins, caducous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers scented, bright to dull yellow, on 1.5–3–6 mm. long densely rusty pubescent pedicels.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals free, imbricate, bluntly ovate, 3–3.8–4.5 mm. long and 1–2–3 mm. broad, glabrous inside, ± pubescent outside.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals (5–)6.5– 8.4–10 mm. long and 2–2.5 mm. broad, ciliolate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Fertile stamens 5.5–6.3–7.5 mm. long with 1.5–2 mm. long anthers; sterile stamens 5 mm. long with 1 mm. long anthers.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Gynoecium ± 5 mm. long if fertile, 5–5.8–6.5 mm. long if sterile, with densely tomentellous ovary and glabrous style.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule usually more than 4-seeded; valves of ripe capsule ovate, very thickened at base, dorsally gibbous, thinner at edges, suberect-divergent, glabrescent.

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaïre

Pittosporum abyssinicum Delile appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Gillet, J.B. [5228], Ethiopia Pittosporum lanatum K000231616 Unknown type material

First published in Ann. Sci. Nat., Bot., sér. 2, 20: 89 (1843)

Accepted by

  • Hedberg, I. & Edwards, S. (eds.) (1989 publ. 1990). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 3: 1-659. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
  • Kalema, J. & Beentje, H. (2012). Conservation checklist of the trees of Uganda: 1-235. Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Robyns, W. & al. (eds.) (1948-1963). Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi 1-10.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Kalema, J. & Beentje, H. (2012). Conservation checklist of the trees of Uganda: 1-235. Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Troupin, G. (ed.) (1978). Flora du Rwanda 1: 1-413. Musee Royal de l'Afrique Centrale.

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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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