Gymnosporia oxycarpa (N.Robson) Jordaan

First published in Trees Shrubs Mpumalanga: 676 (2002)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is S. Zimbabwe to Limpopo. It is a shrub and grows primarily in the seasonally dry tropical biome.

Descriptions

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

Morphology General Habit
Shrub 0·9–1·2 m. high, with spines up to 2 cm. long terminating short branches, glabrous, without latex; branches flattened, ± angular and purplish-brown when young, becoming terete, greyish, not or slightly striate, without visible lenticels.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves usually fasciculate, petiolate; lamina pale green or mottled, 4·5–7 × 1·2–3 cm., oblanceolate, rounded at the apex, with margin entire or minutely serrulate, angustate at the base, membranous to chartaceous, with lateral nerves and lax reticulate venation not prominent or only slightly so below; petiole 3–5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes monochasial or subdichasial, solitary or 2–4 in fascicles on short shoots, with peduncle 16–26 mm. long; pedicels 7–11 mm. long, articulated at the base of the flower; flowers 2–4 in each cyme, 6–9 mm. in diam., bisexual.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals 5, unequal, 1–2 mm. long, oblong-lanceolate to triangular, acute to subacute, with margin ciliolate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 5, pale green with paler margin, c. 3 mm. long, lanceolate-triangular to narrowly oblong, with margin irregularly ciliolate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 5, with filaments c. 1 mm. long, slender, arising below the disk.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disk narrow, convex, shallowly 5-lobed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary 3-locular, ovoid, c. 1/4-immersed in the disk; style c. 1 1/2 times as long as the ovary, 3-fid at the apex; stigmas small.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule yellow-tinged-red (?), 17–23 mm. long, ovoid-pyramidal, very acute, woody, with prominent veins on valves.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 3–6, reddish-brown, rugose, with a fleshy yellow aril at the base.
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Sources

  • Flora Zambesiaca

    • Flora Zambesiaca
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  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

    • Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2022 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 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2022 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0