Family:
Rubiaceae Juss.
Genus:
Lelya Bremek.

Lelya osteocarpa Bremek.

This species is accepted, and its native range is Nigeria to Tanzania and Zambia.

[FWTA]

Rubiaceae, F. N. Hepper & R. W. J. Keay. Flora of West Tropical Africa 2. 1963

Morphology General Habit
A small herb decumbent and forming a small mat
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white
Ecology
On bare soil, appearing after fIres.

[FTEA]

Rubiaceae, B. Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1976

Morphology General Habit
Perennial herb, with many stems 2.5–10 cm. long radiating from a woody rootstock, much branched at the base, sometimes rooting at nodes fide Staples 153; often forming small mats; branchlets usually spreading pubescent at first, later glabrous or all subglabrescent.
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-blades elliptic to almost linear, 0.5–1.5 cm. long, 1–10 mm. wide, acute, apiculate or somewhat obtuse at the apex, cuneate at the base, the margins often recurved, rather thick, frequently drying the curious yellow-green of an aluminium-accumulating plant, glabrous or scabridulous above, pubescent or glabrous beneath with 2–3 distinct lateral nerves; petiole 1–2.5 mm. long, united with the stipule sheath in lower half; stipule-sheath triangular-ovate, 1–2.5 mm. long; lobes 3–5, 0.8–3 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel
Pedicels 1–4 mm. long, mostly pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx-tube 0.4–1.8 mm. long, pubescent or glabrous, the limb 2.5–3.5 mm. long, the tubular part up to 0.3–1 mm. long, the lobes 1–2.5 mm. long, up to 1 mm. wide, acute or subobtuse, keeled.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla glabrous or sparsely hairy outside; tube 1.6–3 mm. long; lobes 2–5 mm. long, 1.2 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Style in short-styled flowers 2 mm. long, in long-styled flowers 3–5.5 mm. long; stigma-lobes 0.4–0.6 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule globose or ovoid, 2 mm. long, 2–2.3 mm. wide, with short spreading hairs or glabrescent, the beak 0.8 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds round in outline, 0.7 mm. in diameter.

[FZ]

Rubiaceae, B. Verdcourt. Flora Zambesiaca 5:1. 1989

Morphology General Habit
Perennial herb, with many stems 2.5–10 cm. long radiating from a woody rootstock, much branched at the base; sometimes rooting at nodes fide Staples 153; often forming small mats; branchlets usually spreading pubescent at first, later glabrous or all subglabrescent.
Morphology Leaves
Leaf blades 0.5–1.5 cm. x 1–10 mm., elliptic to almost linear, acute, apiculate or somewhat obtuse at the apex, cuneate at the base; the margins often recurved, rather thick, frequently drying the curious yellow-green of an aluminium-accumulating plant, glabrous or scabridulous above, pubescent or glabrous beneath with 2–3 distinct lateral nerves; petiole 1 -2.5 mm. long, united with the stipule sheath in lower half; stipule sheath 1–2.5 mm. long, triangular-ovate; lobes 3–5, 0.8–3 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel
Pedicels 1 -4 mm. long, mostly pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx tube 0.4–1.8 mm. long, pubescent or glabrous, the limb 2.5–3.5 mm. long, the tubular part up to 0.3–1 mm. long, the lobes 1 -2.5 mm. long, up to 1 mm. wide, acute or subobtuse, keeled.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla white or blue, glabrous or sparsely hairy outside; tube 1.6–3 mm. long; lobes 2–5 x 1.2 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Style in short-styled flowers 2 mm. long, in long-styled flowers 3–5.5 mm. long; stigma lobes 0.4–0.6 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 2 x 2–2.3 mm., globose or ovoid, with short spreading hairs or glabrescent, the beak 0.8 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds round in outline, 0.7 mm. in diam.

Native to:

Angola, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre

Lelya osteocarpa Bremek. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Verh. Kon. Ned. Akad. Wetensch., Afd. Natuurk., Sect. 2, 48(2): 181 (1952)

Accepted by

  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • in Verh. K. Nederl. Akad. Wetensch., Afd. Natuurk., sect. 2, 48: 181 (1952).

  • Flora Zambesiaca

    Flora Zambesiaca
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  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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  • Flora of West Tropical Africa

    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

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