Family:
Rubiaceae Juss.

Lelya Bremek.

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

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Prostrate perennial herb.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves paired, small, shortly petiolate; stipules in lower part of stem with sheath produced into an undivided triangular lobe, in the upper part deeply bifid into narrowly triangular fimbriae or less often with 3 fimbriae.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers small, hermaphrodite, dimorphic, in terminal triads or sometimes solitary.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx tube ovoid or ellipsoid; lobes 4, equal, oblong-elliptic or oblong-spathulate, rather thick, exceeding the tube, joined at the base to form a free tube.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla tube shortly cylindrical or narrowly funnel-shaped, sparsely pilose inside; lobes 4, elliptic-oblong to oblong-lanceolate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens completely exserted in short-styled forms.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary 2-locular, with peltate placentas and 8 to fairly numerous ovules; style stoutly filiform, minutely bifid at apex, the stigma lobes short, subglobose or ellipsoid.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit capsular with bony walls, ellipsoid, produced into a solid beak; at length apically loculicidally dehiscent Seeds few per locule, blackish, angular, pitted.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Prostrate perennial herb
Morphology Leaves
Leaves paired, small, shortly petiolate; stipules in lower part of stem with sheath produced into an undivided triangular lobe, in the upper part deeply bifid into narrowly triangular fimbriae or less often with 3 fimbriae
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white, small, hermaphrodite, dimorphic, in terminal triads or sometimes solitary
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx-tube ovoid or ellipsoid; lobes 4, equal, oblong-elliptic or oblong-spathulate, rather thick, exceeding the tube, joined at the base to form a free tube
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla-tube shortly cylindrical or narrowly funnel-shaped, sparsely pilose inside; lobes 4, elliptic-oblong to oblong-lanceolate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens completely exserted in short-styled forms
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary 2-locular, with peltate placentas and 8 to fairly numerous ovules; style stoutly filiform, minutely bifid at apex, the stigma-lobes short, subglobose or ellipsoid
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit capsular with bony walls, ellipsoid, produced into a solid beak, at length apically loculicidally dehiscent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds few per locule, blackish, angular, pitted.

Native to:

Angola, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre

Lelya Bremek. appears in other Kew resources:

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

Accepted by

  • 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

  • W.H. Lewis in Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 52: 189 (1965).
  • in Verh. K. Nederl. Akad. Wet. Afd. Natuurk., ser. 2, 48(2): 181 (1952).

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • W. H. Lewis in Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 52: 189 (1965)
  • in Verh. K. Nederl. Akad. Wet., Afd. Natuurk., ser. 2, 48(2): 181 (1952)

  • Flora Zambesiaca

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  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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  • 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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