Astropanax volkensii (Harms) Lowry, G.M.Plunkett, Gostel & Frodin

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

[FTEA]

Araliaceae, J. R. Tennant. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1968

Morphology General Habit
Scandent shrub or tall (sometimes spreading and much branched) tree up to 24–30 m. tall, or an epiphyte upon other trees.
Morphology Leaves
Petiole up to 13(–17) cm. long by 3.2(–3.8) mm. diameter, sometimes somewhat expanded at base, glabrous or sparsely hairy at tip; leaflets 4–6(–7), generally coriaceous, narrowly obovate or elliptic, occasionally oblanceolate or obovate, rarely narrowly or broadly elliptic, up to 15 cm. long by 7 cm. wide, acute to rounded or rarely slightly retuse at apex, with a generally acute, sometimes acute to rounded or broadly to narrowly cuneate base, with entire to very slightly repand, sometimes very slightly crisped margins, glabrous; petiolules up to 2.1(–2.8) cm. long by 1.9 mm. diameter.
Morphology Leaves Stipules
Stipules sheath-like, up to about 1–2(-l.4) cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence (fig. 5/8) a ± extended or compressed raceme of bracteate racemes of small pedunculate ± globular capitula up to 7 mm. diameter when flowers in bud; primary branches up to 23 cm. long by 4.0(–5.5) mm. diameter, generally sparsely lenticellate; secondary branches (peduncles of capitula) (5–)10(–17) mm. long, sometimes lenticellate, borne in the axils of ovate to oblate bracts up to 4 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers sessile, up to 12–20 together.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruits ± urceolate, up to 5.5 mm. long by 4(–5) mm. diameter, ± 5-ribbed, minutely puberulous or glabrous; stylopodium up to 7 mm. long; styles 5, free and spreading for up to 0.5 mm. terminally.
Habitat
Upland rain-forest, upland dry evergreen forest; 1600–3230 m.
Distribution
K3 K4 K5 K6 T2 U3

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

Astropanax volkensii (Harms) Lowry, G.M.Plunkett, Gostel & Frodin appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Nov 1, 2008 Pichi Sermolli [6803], Ethiopia Schefflera volkensii K000612561 No
Apr 1, 1959 Volkens, G. [1297], Tanzania Schefflera volkensii K000350551 Yes
Richards, H.M. [20869], Tanzania Schefflera volkensii 36210.000 No

First published in Candollea 72: 274 (2017)

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.

  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

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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/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    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/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0