Gymnosporia nguruensis (N.Robson & Sebsebe) Jordaan

First published in Taxon 55: 520 (2006)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is E. Central Tanzania. It is a shrub or tree and grows primarily in the seasonally dry tropical biome.

Descriptions

Celastraceae, N.K.B. Robson, N. Hallé, B. Mathew & R. Blakelock†. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1994

Morphology General Habit
Shrub, with spines up to 1 cm. long, axillary, glabrous, without latex; branches lined, becoming purplish brown to greyish brown, without visible lenticels.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves fasciculate, petiolate; lamina rather pale green above, slightly paler beneath, not mottled when dry, elliptic to oblanceolate, 6.5–8 × 2.5–4.3 cm., obtusely subapiculate to rounded at the apex, with margins acutely and ± irregularly serrulate or (towards the apex) serrulate-denticulate, cuneate at the base coriaceous, glabrous, with lateral nerves and reticulate venation slightly more prominent beneath; petiole 2–3 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes ± 5 cm. long, rather stout, dichasial, axillary or 1–2 on short axillary shoots, with peduncle 15–30 mm. long, glabrous; pedicels ± 2 mm. long, glabrous, articulated at or near the base; flowers not seen.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule 3-locular, red, obovoid, 9–10 mm. long, thickly coriaceous, markedly rugulose, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 4–5, reddish brown, glossy with a thin yellowish aril covering the lower 1/4–1/3.
Habitat
Ravine forest with Podocarpus and Marattia; 1550 m.
Distribution
T6 known only from the type gathering
[FTEA]

Sources

  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0
  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

  • 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