Searsia longipes (Engl.) Moffett

This species is accepted, and its native range is Tropical Africa.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Shrub or small tree 2–9(–12) m. high; branches brownish grey, cylindric, slightly furrowed; branchlets somewhat angular, dark brown, sparsely pilose to somewhat densely fulvous pilose, lenticellate.
Morphology Leaves
Petiole 1.5–6 cm. long, semiterete, shallowly grooved above, pilose; median leaflets 4–12.5 cm. long, 1.5–7.5 cm. broad, cuneate and petiolulate at the base; lateral leaflets 2–9 cm. long, 1–5.5 cm. broad, sessile and somewhat asymmetric at the base; all leaflets obovate-elliptic to broadly elliptic, obtuse and sometimes emarginate or rarely acute at the apex, entire, when dried the young ones fairly dark, membranous, the older ones brownish green or somewhat dark brownish on the upper surface and paler below, with slender hairs on the nerves and margin and sometimes also on the lamina, persistent or rather caducous with age, the oldest ones frequently glabrous; midrib and lateral nerves in young leaflets scarcely visible on the upper surface and prominulous beneath, the oldest ones with the midrib and the nerves raised on both surfaces but more beneath, reticulation lax and conspicuous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Panicles 3–15 cm. long, the terminal ones up to 25 m. long and longer than the leaves, the axillary ones smaller, pyramidal, lax; axis and branches somewhat densely fulvous pubescent with spreading and crisped hairs; pedicels ± 1 mm. long, pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx-segments ovate, ±0.5 mm. long, somewhat pilose outside.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals oblong-ovate, 1.1–1.5 mm. long, obtuse.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary subglobose, unilocular with (2–)3(–4) styles or more frequently 2-lobed and 2-locular with (2–3–)4–5 styles.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Drupe globose or frequently reniform, 3–5(–7) mm. in diameter, glabrous or very sparsely pilose, reddish and shining, unilocular and 1-seeded, or 2–3-locular with 1 seed in each locule or 1 locule sterile.

[FZ]

Anacardiaceae, Rosette Fernandes and A. Fernandes. Flora Zambesiaca 2:2. 1966

Morphology General Habit
Shrub or small tree up to 9 m. tall; branches brownish-grey, cylindric, slightly furrowed, lenticellate, the youngest ones somewhat angular, dark-brown and sparsely pilose to ± densely fulvous-pilose.
Morphology Leaves Petiole
Petiole 1·5–6 cm. long, semiterete, canaliculate on the upper surface, ± pilose.
Morphology Leaves Leaflets
Leaflets elliptic, obovate-elliptic to broadly elliptic, obtuse and sometimes emarginate or rarely acute at the apex, entire, the young ones very dark (nearly black when dried), membranous, the older ones brownish-green or ± dark-brownish on the upper surface and paler below, somewhat rigid, with slender hairs on the nerves and margin and sometimes also on the lamina persistent or ± caducous with age (the oldest leaves very frequently glabrous); median leaflet 4·2–12·7 × 1·7–7·5 cm., cuneate and petiolulate at the base; lateral leaflets 2·3–9 × 0·9–5·8 cm., sessile, ± asymmetric at the base; midrib and lateral nerves in the young leaves scarcely visible on the upper surface and prominulous below, the oldest ones with the midrib and nerves raised on both sides, mainly below, the reticulation lax and very conspicuous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Panicles pyramidal lax, the terminal ones generally longer than the leaves, the axillary ones smaller; axis and branches ± densely fulvous-pubescent, with patent and crisped hairs; pedicels c. 1 mm. long, pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Male flowers: calyx-segments 0–5 mm. long, ovate, ± pilose outside; petals 1–1·5 mm. long, oblong-ovate, obtuse. Female flowers: ovary subglobose, 1-locular with (1–2)3(4) styles or more frequently 2-lobed and 2-locular with (2–3)4–5 styles.
sex Male
Male flowers: calyx-segments 0–5 mm. long, ovate, ± pilose outside; petals 1–1·5 mm. long, oblong-ovate, obtuse.
sex Female
Female flowers: ovary subglobose, 1-locular with (1–2)3(4) styles or more frequently 2-lobed and 2-locular with (2–3)4–5 styles.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Drupe reddish, shining, 3–7 mm. in diam., glabrous or very sparsely pilose, globose, 1-locular and 1-seeded or frequently reniform, 2-locular, with 1 seed in each loculus, or 1 loculus sterile.

[FWTA]

Anacardiaceae, Hutchinson and Dalziel. Flora of West Tropical Africa 1:2. 1958

Morphology General Habit
A bush or small tree
Morphology Leaves
Pale green leaves
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Whitish or greenish flowers
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Dull red fruits.

Native to:

Angola, Burkina, Burundi, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Introduced into:

Réunion

Searsia longipes (Engl.) Moffett appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Milne-Redhead, E. [11086], Tanzania Rhus longipes 27216.000
Brenan, J.P.M. [7850], Zambia Rhus longipes 9846.000
Kassner [3181], Cameroon Rhus longipes K000423138 Unknown type material
Welwitsch [4413], Angola Rhus longipes K000423175 Unknown type material
Welwitsch [4412], Angola Rhus longipes K000423176 Unknown type material

First published in Bothalia 37: 170 (2007)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R., Nic Lughadha, E., Black, N., Turner, R. & Paton, A. (2021). The World Checklist of Vascular Plants, a continuously updated resource for exploring global plant diversity. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-021-00997-6 Scientific Data 8: 215.

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