Gelrebia rubra (Engl.) Gagnon & G.P.Lewis

First published in PhytoKeys 71: 57 (2016)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is SW. Angola, Namibia, Botswana. It is a shrub and grows primarily in the desert or dry shrubland biome.

Descriptions

Extinction risk predictions for the world's flowering plants to support their conservation (2024). Bachman, S.P., Brown, M.J.M., Leão, T.C.C., Lughadha, E.N., Walker, B.E. https://nph.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/nph.19592

Conservation
Predicted extinction risk: not threatened. Confidence: confident
[AERP]

International Legume Database and Information Service

Conservation
Not Threatened
Ecology
Africa: Kalahari-Highveld regional transition zone; shrubland
Morphology General Habit
Perennial, Not climbing, Shrub
[ILDIS]

Leguminosae, R.K. Brummitt, A.C. Chikuni, J.M. Lock and R.M. Polhill. Flora Zambesiaca 3:2. 2007

Morphology General Habit
Shrub up to 1.7 m high.
Morphology Stem
Stems densely grey-puberulent to -pubescent when young, armed with usually sparse, spreading or down-curved prickles up to 7 mm long, perhaps occasionally unarmed.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves: petiole and rachis together 1–9 cm, unarmed but with subulate stipellae at the insertions of the pinnae; pinnae 4–12 pairs; pinna rachis (0.4)0.7–3.5 cm, unarmed; leaflets 8–18 pairs per pinna, 1.3–6 × 0.6–2 mm, asymmetrically oblong, rounded at the apex, glabrous or with the midrib puberulent and margins ciliate, with numerous gland dots throughout.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Racemes (1)3–18 cm long, generally terminal; bracts up to 3 × 2 mm long excluding the terminal arista c.2 mm long, broadly ovate, acuminate-aristate at the apex, densely grey-puberulent, falling before opening of the subtended flower; pedicels 4–14 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Lateral sepals 4–8 mm long; lower sepal occasionally with a rudimentary beak on its dorsal surface at the extreme end of the flower; all sepals densely puberulent when young, sometimes glabrescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Lateral and lower petals 7–12 mm long; all petals red or pink.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Longest stamens 8–12 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary glabrous, blackish.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Pods 2.0–2.4 × 1.2–1.4 cm, obliquely pyriform, the point of attachment being sublateral, the apex acute, brown, dehiscing down both margins; seeds c.8 × 7 × 2 mm, obovate, compressed.
[FZ]

Sources

  • Angiosperm Extinction Risk Predictions v1

    • Angiosperm Threat Predictions
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  • Flora Zambesiaca

    • Flora Zambesiaca
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  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

    • Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
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    • International Legume Database and Information Service (ILDIS) V10.39 Nov 2011
    • http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2024. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2023 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 2024. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2023 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0