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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Nigeria to Ethiopia and Namibia.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium


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

Morphology General Habit
Tree or shrub or sometimes a climber or creeper 0.9–9 m. long or tall, monoecious; bark grey, brown or reddish, smooth; slash white; young branchlets pubescent.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves trifoliolate; petiole (1–)2–10 cm. long; petiolule of terminal leaflet often well developed, 0.8–1.3(–2) cm. long; leaflets drying bright green, elliptic, ovate-oblong, rhomboid, obovate or oblanceolate, (2.5–) 6–22 cm. long, (0.9–)2.5–11 cm. wide, acute to acuminate at the apex, attenuate to cuneate at the base, the laterals very asymmetric, regularly toothed or serrate, glabrous, pubescent, ferruginous hairy or velvety, with or without hairy domatia in the axils of nerves beneath; lateral nerves in 5–10 pairs.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences (3.5–)7.5–34(–47) cm. long (see note), usually unbranched, often slender and drooping; peduncles 1.5–5 cm. long; cymules 1–6-flowered, the stalks 1.5–5 mm. long, usually well-spaced; pedicels 1.5–3(–5) mm. long, minutely puberulous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers green, white, greenish white or yellow; outer sepals elliptic, 1–1.5 mm. long, 1 mm. wide, sparsely puberulous, inner ± round, 1.5–2 mm. diameter; petals spathulate, 2 mm. long, 1 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments ± 2 mm. long, hairy in basal half.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Style ± 1 mm. long, with few hairs; stigma 0.5–1 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit orange to scarlet, often of 2–3 mericarps, each ellipsoid, obovoid or globose, 5–8 mm. long., 4–6.5 mm. wide, or 7.5 mm. diameter, at first sparsely hairy, glabrescent.

Native to:

Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaïre

Allophylus ferrugineus Taub. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jun 27, 1996 Dümmer, R.A. [1566], Kenya K000426147 Unknown type material
unknown [7938], Uganda K000426148

First published in H.G.A.Engler (ed.), Pflanzenw. Ost-Afrikas, C: 249 (1895)

Accepted by

  • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Davies, F.G. & Verdcourt, B. (1998). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Dodonaea: 1-108.
  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Fischer, E., Rembold, K., Althof, A. & Obholzer, J. (2010). Annotated checklist of the vascular plants of Kakamega forest, Western province, Kenya Journal of East African Natural History 99: 129-226.
  • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 529. MIM, Deurne.
  • Kalema, J. & Beentje, H. (2012). Conservation checklist of the trees of Uganda: 1-235. Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Robyns, W. & al. (eds.) (1948-1963). Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi 1-10.


Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Meyer, F.K. (2011). Beiträge zur Flora von Albanien Haussknechtia, Beih. 15: 1-220.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Beentje, Kenya Trees, Shrubs and Lianas p. 412, map (1994).
  • Gilg in Wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse der Deutschen Zentral-Afrika-Expedition 1907-1908, 2 (Botanik) p. 475 (1912).
  • Hauman in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 9: 307 (1960).
  • J.P.M. Brenan, Check-lists of the Forest Trees and Shrubs of the British Empire no. 5, part II, Tanganyika Territory p. 553 (1949).
  • Radlk. in A. Engler, Das Pflanzenreich IV, 165: 526 (1932).
  • Taub. in Die Pflanzenwelt Ost-Afrikas und der Nachbargebiete, Theile C: 249 (1895).
  • W.J. Eggeling, Indigenous Trees of the Uganda Protectorate, ed. 2: 376 (1952).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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