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This species is accepted, and its native range is Cameroon to South Sudan and Angola.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Tall liane or scandent shrub to 6 m.; young stems ± terete and smooth or with 4 low ridges, blackish on drying; older stems ± smooth, brown, not conspicuously lenticellate.
Morphology Leaves Stipules
Stipules ± 1 mm. long, filiform.
Morphology Leaves
Petiole 6–12 mm. long, with or without resinous threads when broken; blade oblong, elliptic or oblanceolate, (3–)5–9(–11) cm. long, (1.2–)2.5–4.5(–5) cm. wide, acuminate, cuneate, veins prominent on underside; margin finely dentate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence glabrous; bracts ovate-triangular, ± 0.5–1 mm. long, acute, often with a wide scarious margin, dentate, persistent; pedicels slender, 3–7(–12) mm. long, glabrous.
Morphology General Buds
Buds subglobose, 1.5–2 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers greenish (black on drying), ± 4–7 mm. in diameter.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals unequal, ovate, ± 1–1.5 mm. long, rounded, entire or fimbriate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals suborbicular, 2–2.5 mm. long, shortly unguiculate, entire.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disc large, conspicuous, cushion-like.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens with flattened filaments widened to the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovules 4–10 per locule; style short, broadly conical with united stigmas.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Mericarps elliptic, 4 cm. long, 2 cm. wide, striate.
Figures
Fig. 17/7, p. 64.

Native to:

Angola, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Congo, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaïre

Trochantha graciliflora (Welw. ex Oliv.) R.H.Archer appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Oct 2, 1982 Welwitsch [1332], Angola Pristimera graciliflora K000036070

First published in Molec. Phylogen. Evol. 59: 328 (2011)

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.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Harris, D.J. (2002). Vasc. Pl. Dzanga-Sangha: 1-274. National Botanic Garden (Belgium), Meise.
  • Robyns, W. & al. (eds.) (1948-1963). Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi 1-10.
  • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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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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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/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0