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This species is accepted, and its native range is W. Tropical Africa to Uganda and Angola.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FWTA]

Periplocaceae, A. A. Bullock. Flora of West Tropical Africa 2. 1963

Morphology General Habit
A twiner often herbaceous but becoming woody
Morphology Leaves
Leathery glossy leaves
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers greenish outside, deep red inside
Ecology
In regrowth forest.

[FTEA]

Apocynaceae (part 2), David Goyder, Timothy Harris, Siro Masinde, Ulrich Meve, Johan Venter. Flora of Tropical East Africa, 2012

Morphology General Habit
Liana with copious latex.
Morphology Roots
Roots tuberous.
Morphology Stem
Stems twining, 10 m or more long; twigs green to purple, older stems brown, rough, scaly
Morphology Leaves
Leaf petiole 2–5(–10) cm long, purplish; blade mostly elliptic, sometimes broadly ovate to narrowly ovate, (7–)13–14(–16) × (3–)5–8(–11) cm, cuspidate or acuminate, base cordate, glossy, bright green above, pale green beneath, veins pale green to purplish beneath
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences 10–30-flowered, pale green, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Peduncles
Peduncles 1–4 cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts acicular, 1–2 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel
Pedicels 2–5 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals broadly ovate, 1–2 mm long, 2 mm wide
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla pale green, creamy green or white outside, glabrous; tube 2–4 mm long, halfway reflexed, partly hispid; lobes elliptic to ovate, rounded, reflexed, 10–12 mm long, 4–5 mm wide, fleshy coriaceous, inside velvety and deep crimson, deep violet or black-violet at base turning brown to dark brown towards apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corona
Coronal collar borne at corolla inversion; lobes 5–7 mm long, filiform to linear, 2–4-segmented above middle with upper two segments tortuous, rarely undivided, greenish-white, pale green or pale yellow
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens green to brown with white hispid hairs on filaments and backs of anthers.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments terete, 1–2 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anthers narrowly ovate, 3–4 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style terete, 1–2 mm long; style-head deltoid, truncate, 3 mm long; translators 2.5–3 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynostegium
Gynostegium exserted from corolla
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Follicles paired, horizontally divergent, cylindrical-ovoid, 12–21 cm long, 1–2 cm diameter, glabrous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds brown, elliptic, 3–4 mm long, warty; coma white, 24–25 mm long
Ecology
Thickets, gallery forest; ± 1100 m
Note
Venter & Verhoeven in S. Afr. Journ. Bot. 62: 27 (1996) stated that Preuss 151 (B†) was the holotype of Periploca preusii K. Schum. This was in effect a lectotypification, as several other collections had been cited in the protologue. Extant duplicates of two of the original syntypes have now surfaced – indeed they were cited by Venter & Verhoeven (1996), but not recognised as syntypes at the time. We therefore propose to overturn the earlier lectotypification, and designate the Kew duplicate of Welwitsch 4232 as the lectotype of this name – duplicates of this collection are distributed in a number of other herbaria. D.J. Goyder & H.J.T. Venter. Verdcourt 3598A, a fruiting specimen from K 7 (Voi Hotel, Teita District), has been determined as this species, but in the absence of flowers its identity is questionable.
Distribution
Flora districts: U4 Range: Across West Africa, Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Central African Republic, Congo-Kinshasa, Angola

[FTEA]
Use
An antidote against intestinal worms. Its latex is used for skin troubles

Native to:

Angola, Benin, Burkina, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gulf of Guinea Is., Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo, Uganda, Zaïre

Cryptolepis nigrescens (Wennberg) L.Joubert & Bruyns appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 2009 Adams, C.D. [1951], Ghana Parquetina nigrescens 40817.000
Jan 1, 2009 Meikle, R.D. [547], Nigeria Parquetina nigrescens 5123.000
Dec 1, 1959 Soyaux, H. [s.n.], Gabon Parquetina nigrescens K000814153 syntype
Welwitsch, F.M.J. [4232], Angola Parquetina nigrescens K000814152 syntype
Jan 1, 1998 Etuge, M. [3589], Cameroon Periploca nigrescens K000338708
Jul 19, 1994 Deighton, F.C. [729], Sierra Leone Periploca nigrescens K000239942
Jun 27, 1994 Garnier, P. [136], Côte d'Ivoire Periploca nigrescens K000239951
Jun 27, 1994 Wilde, W.J.J.O. de [532], Côte d'Ivoire Periploca nigrescens K000239952
Jun 27, 1994 Oldeman, R.A.A. [627], Côte d'Ivoire Periploca nigrescens K000239953
Jun 27, 1994 Oldeman, R.A.A. [205], Côte d'Ivoire Periploca nigrescens K000239954
Jun 27, 1994 Hepper, F.N. [7997], Côte d'Ivoire Periploca nigrescens K000239949
Jun 26, 1994 Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. [2384], Côte d'Ivoire Periploca nigrescens K000239950
Jul 24, 1989 Jansen, J.W.A. [1211], Liberia Periploca nigrescens K000239948
Jul 24, 1989 Jansen, J.W.A. [1074], Liberia Periploca nigrescens K000239944
May 23, 1984 Lowe, J. [4527], Nigeria Periploca nigrescens K000239956
Jan 1, 1971 Bos, J.J. [2492], Liberia Periploca nigrescens K000239945
Jan 1, 1971 Bos, J.J. [2642], Liberia Periploca nigrescens K000239947
Jan 1, 1971 Bos, J.J. [2110], Liberia Periploca nigrescens K000239946
Dec 16, 1964 Morton, J.K. [860], Sierra Leone Periploca nigrescens K000239936
Mar 1, 1960 Melville, F.A. [505], Sierra Leone Periploca nigrescens K000239937
Mar 1, 1960 Hepper, F.N. [2649], Sierra Leone Periploca nigrescens K000239933
Dec 1, 1959 Jacques-Félix, H. [1803], Guinea Periploca nigrescens K000239928
Ollerton, J. [75], Gabon Periploca nigrescens 63220.000
Ollerton, J. [74], Gabon Periploca nigrescens 63221.000
Bückenstaff, M.L. [41], Liberia Periploca nigrescens K000239932
Morton [1637], Sierra Leone Periploca nigrescens K000239935
Merello, M. [1354], Ghana Periploca nigrescens K000239958
Scott Elliot, G.F. [4206], Sierra Leone Periploca nigrescens K000239940
Eimunjeze [70242], Nigeria Periploca nigrescens K000239955
Garnier, P. [27], Côte d'Ivoire Periploca nigrescens K000239929
Deighton, F.C. [5529], Sierra Leone Periploca nigrescens K000239943
Scott Elliot, G.F. [5631], Sierra Leone Periploca nigrescens K000239931
Collenette, G.N. [26], Guinea Periploca nigrescens K000239927
Marus [845], Sierra Leone Periploca nigrescens K000239939
Hauter [s.n.], Sierra Leone Periploca nigrescens K000239941
Harder, D.K. [3373], Ghana Periploca nigrescens K000239957
s.coll. [9970], Sierra Leone Periploca nigrescens K000239934
Thomas, N.W. [5282], Sierra Leone Periploca nigrescens K000239930
Marus [845], Sierra Leone Periploca nigrescens K000239938

First published in Taxon 65: 498 (2016)

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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