Gymnosporia pubescens (N.Robson) Jordaan

First published in Trees Shrubs Mpumalanga: 676 (2002)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is E. Zimbabwe to Mozambique and 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 0·6–2·4 m. high, bushy, with spines up to 6 cm. long, terminal or terminating short axillary branches, without latex; branches terete or subangular, reddish-brown and shortly whitish-pubescent at first, becoming terete, grey-brown or dark grey, eventually glabrous.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves fasciculate or not, petiolate; lamina pale green, 0·5–3 × 0·5–1·5 cm., obovate to spathulate-oblanceolate, rounded to emarginate at the apex, with margin shallowly denticulate to entire, cuneate to angustate at the base, softly chartaceous, ± densely shortly pubescent on both sides, with lateral nerves and relatively lax reticulate venation slightly prominent on both surfaces;petiole 0·5–2 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes dichasial, solitary and axillary or 1–5 on short axillary shoots, with peduncle 2–8 mm. long, shortly pubescent; pedicels 1–2 mm. long, pubescent or puberulous, articulated at or near the base; flowers solitary or 2–7 in each cyme, 3–4 mm. in diam., dioecious.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals 5, subequal, c. 1 mm. long, broadly ovate to subcircular, rounded, dorsally puberulous, with margin ciliolate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 5, white to cream, c. 1·5 mm. long, oblong to spathulate, with margin finely ciliolate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Male flowers with stamens 5, shorter than the petals, with filaments c. 0·7 mm. long, slender, arising below disk; disk narrow, convex, 5-lobed; pistillode small, ovoid-subglobose. Female flowers with staminodes 5 about as long as the ovary; disk as in male flowers; ovary 3(4)-locular, ovoid, scarcely immersed in disk; style almost as long as ovary, 3(4)-fid at the apex, with small stigmas.
sex Male
Male flowers with stamens 5, shorter than the petals, with filaments c. 0·7 mm. long, slender, arising below disk; disk narrow, convex, 5-lobed; pistillode small, ovoid-subglobose.
sex Female
Female flowers with staminodes 5 about as long as the ovary; disk as in male flowers; ovary 3(4)-locular, ovoid, scarcely immersed in disk; style almost as long as ovary, 3(4)-fid at the apex, with small stigmas.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule yellow, 6–7 mm. long, globose to obovoid, ± woody, smooth, puberulous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 3–4, reddish-brown, glossy, with a thin yellowish aril obliquely covering lower 2/3–3/4.
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Sources

  • Flora Zambesiaca

    • Flora Zambesiaca
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  • 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