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This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Zimbabwe (Chirinda).
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

Rubiaceae, D.M.Bridson & B.Verdcourt. Flora Zambesiaca 5:3. 2003

Morphology General Habit
Shrub 1.2–2.4 m tall; young twigs maroon-brown, very sparsely pubescent to pubescent on either side.
Morphology Leaves
Leaf blades 2–7 × 0.8–2.7 cm, oblong-elliptic to oblong or sometimes narrowly elliptic in shape, obtuse to acute or rarely subacuminate at the apex, acute at the base, papery, dull above; lateral nerves in 8–9 main pairs; tertiary nerves usually apparent on both surfaces; domatia often well defined, sparsely pubescent; petiole 2–7 mm long; stipules (3)4–8 mm long, triangular at base gradually tapering above.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers (4)5-merous, 1(2) single-flowered inflorescences per axil; inflorescence stalks 3–5 mm long, lower portion short, hidden by cupules or shortly exposed, the portion between the upper cupule and bracteolar cupule well developed, exposed, the segment above this well developed or sometimes reduced; cupules 1–2, with foliar lobes short to moderate, c. 1.25 mm long; bracteolar cupule lobed, sometimes free to the base; scale-like bractlets present.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx limb shorter than disk.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla creamy- white to pure white; tube 4–4.5(6) mm long, 3 mm wide at top; lobes 7–8 × 1.75–3.5 mm, oblong, obtuse to rounded.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit orange-yellow, 6–9 × 6–7 mm; whole stalk lengthening to 6–8 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds greenish-brown, 8 × 4 mm.

Native to:

Zimbabwe

Coffea ligustroides S.Moore appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Swynnerton, C.F.M. [67], Zimbabwe K000097908 holotype

First published in J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 40: 94 (1911)

Accepted by

  • Davis, A.P., Govaerts, R., Bridson, D.M. & Stoffelen, P. (2006). An annotated taxonomic conspectus of the genus Coffea (Rubiaceae) Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 152: 465-512.
  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora Zambesiaca
Flora Zambesiaca
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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/
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