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This species is accepted, and its native range is N. & E. Kenya.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

Anacardiaceae, J. O. Kokwaro (University of Nairobi). Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1986

Morphology General Habit
Spreading bush or small tree 2–5 m. high; bark grey, flaking; branchlets grey, smooth, or bark flaking off in papery pieces, lenticellate.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate, especially on new shoots, or crowded at the ends of the short corky branchlets, mostly unifoliolate, occasionally 3–9-foliolate, the higher numbers (5–9-foliolate) being rare and occurring mainly on new shoots; petiole 1–3.1 cm. long in unifoliolate leaves; petiole-rachis up to 3.5 cm. long in compound leaves, flattened above, leaflets broadly oblong to broadly obovate, glabrous, 1.5–6 cm. long and 1.5–3.7 cm. broad when unifoliolate, more variable and smaller in size in compound leaves with the lateral ones smaller than the terminal, broadly obtuse at the apex, sometimes shortly mucronate, obtuse at the base, margin broadly dentate on the unifoliolate ones to entire on the compound leaflets, membranous to semicoriaceous, glabrous, brownish green above to pale green beneath; midrib prominent beneath.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences borne at the end of the branchlets or in the distal leaf-axils, 5–15 mm. long, little branched spike-like panicles in ♂, flowers usually single in ♀, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Male flowers:sepals 1–1.5 mm. long and broad, membranous along the margin; petals oblong-ovate, 1.8–2.5 mm. long, 1–1.5 mm. broad, obtuse, red-cream; filaments 0.2–0.8 mm. long; anthers 0.8–1 mm. long.
sex Male
Male flowers:sepals 1–1.5 mm. long and broad, membranous along the margin; petals oblong-ovate, 1.8–2.5 mm. long, 1–1.5 mm. broad, obtuse, red-cream; filaments 0.2–0.8 mm. long; anthers 0.8–1 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Drupes irregularly ovoid and much wider towards the apex, 2.2–3 cm. long, 1.8–2.5 cm. in diameter, slightly wrinkled or smooth on the surface, pale green; endocarp hard and woody
Habitat
Semiarid deciduous bushland and in eluvial soils; 150–300 m.
Distribution
not known elsewhere K1 K7

Native to:

Kenya

Sclerocarya gillettii Kokwaro appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Dec 1, 1978 Brenan, J.P.M. [14752], Kenya K000423404 isotype
Dec 1, 1978 Brenan, J.P.M. [14752], Kenya K000423405 isotype
Gachathi, F.N. [20643], Kenya K000332564
Faden, R.B. [798], Kenya K000332563
Robertson, S.A. [1846], Kenya K000332562

First published in Kew Bull. 34: 757 (1980)

Accepted by

  • Kokwaro, J.O. (1986). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Anacardiaceae: 1-59.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Kokwaro, J.O. (1986). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Anacardiaceae: 1-59.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Kokwaro in Kew Bulletin 34: 757 (1980).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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