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This species is accepted, and its native range is SE. Kenya to S. Tropical Africa.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

Sapindaceae, A. W. Exell. Flora Zambesiaca 2:2. 1966

Morphology General Habit
Small to medium-sized tree up to 15 m. tall; bark silver-grey; branchlets greyish-white with prominent lenticels, glabrous.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 3-foliolate; petiole 3–11 cm. long, glabrous; leaflets subequal or the terminal one up to 1 1/2 times as long as the lateral ones; petiolules up to 12 mm. long in the terminal leaflet, usually much shorter in the lateral ones; lamina of terminal leaflet up to 17 × 9 cm., elliptic, membranous to thinly papyraceous, sometimes minutely pubescent on the nerves and with occasional tufts of hairs in the axils of the lateral nerves on the under surface, otherwise glabrous, apex acute to rounded and sometimes slightly acuminate, margin crenate or crenate-serrate or serrate, base cuneate to narrowly cuneate; lateral nerves 10–13 pairs.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence up to 27 cm. long, branched, sparsely pubescent to glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white or yellow in few- to several-flowered sub-sessile glomerules; pedicels up to 4 mm. long, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Outer sepals 1·8 × 1·8 mm., subcircular, glabrous, inner 1·8 × 1 mm., elliptic, concave, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 1·5 × 1 mm., spathulate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium
Stamens with filaments 2 mm. long; staminodes 0·6 mm. long in the 9 flowers.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary 2-lobed, minutely pubescent; style 1·5 mm. long, 2-fid.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit red, 7 mm. in diam., subglobose, minutely pubescent when young, glabrescent, 1 coccus usually developing.

[FTEA]

Sapindaceae, Davies & B. Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1998

Morphology General Habit
Much-branched shrub or tree 3–15 m. tall; bark silvery grey; branchlets pale greyish, lenticellate, glabrous.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves trifoliate; petiole 3–16 cm. long, grooved, glabrous or minutely puberulous; petiolule of terminal leaflet 1.2–2 cm. long; leaflets drying pale bright green, elliptic or elliptic-oblong, 9–19.5 cm. long, 3.5–9 cm. wide, rounded to acuminate at the apex, narrowly cuneate at the base, subentire, coarsely undulate-crenate and shortly denticulate (the teeth hydathodes) or serrate, thin, glabrous or minutely puberulent on nerves beneath with white hairs and sometimes with tufts in the nerve axils beneath; lateral nerves in 7–13 pairs.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences up to 28 cm. long, much branched, the branches 10–14 cm. long, glabrous or sparsely white-puberulous; peduncle 14–20 cm. long; cymules few-flowered, sessile; pedicels 3–4 mm. long, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white or yellow; outer sepals round, 1.8 mm.diameter, inner elliptic, 1.8 mm. long, 1 mm. wide, glabrous; petals spathulate, 1.5 mm. long, 1 mm. wide, with hairy scale.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Filaments 2 mm. long; staminodes in female flowers 0.6 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary 2-lobed, minutely pubescent; style 1.5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit red, subglobose, 7 mm. in diameter, minutely puberulous when young or ± glabrous.
Habitat
Evergreen forest; 350–850 m.
Distribution
K7 T3 T8

Native to:

Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zimbabwe

Allophylus chirindensis Baker f. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1963 Swynnerton, C.F.M. [112], Zimbabwe K000426114 Unknown type material
Jan 1, 1963 Swynnerton, C.F.M. [112], Zimbabwe K000426115

First published in J. Linn. Soc., Bot. 40: 48 (1911)

Accepted by

  • Davies, F.G. & Verdcourt, B. (1998). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Dodonaea: 1-108.
  • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 529. MIM, Deurne.

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Baker f. in Journal of Botany 57: 188 (1919).
  • Baker f. in Journal of the Linnean Society of London, Botany 40: 48 (1911)
  • Exell & Sousa in Fl. Moçamb. 51: 12 (1973).
  • Exell in Flora Zambesiaca 2: 505 (1966).

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