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This species is accepted, and its native range is SE. Kenya to E. Tanzania (incl. Zanzibar, Pemba), W. Indian Ocean.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium


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

Morphology General Habit
Almost invariably a small or medium-sized shrub, but occasionally a small tree or even described as a climber ( Bally 4691) or prostrate shrub ( Adams 74), usually 0.9–4(–5) m. tall (but 6–9 m. in Seychelles); bark pale, smooth or rough.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves drying discolorous, often bright brown beneath, sometimes somewhat shiny, unifoliolate or trifoliolate with lateral leaflets very much reduced; petiole 0.5–1.5 cm. long; terminal leaflet elliptic or oblong to obovate or obovate-oblanceolate, 3.7–17(–20) cm. long, 1.5–9.6 cm. wide, ± obtuse to acute or acuminate at the apex, cuneate at the base, almost entire to repand-dentate, the nerves ending in hydathodes, or ± coarsely undulate-lobed, rarely distinctly serrate, glabrous save for hairy domatia beneath on some leaves; lateral nerves in 5–7 pairs, often much paler both above and beneath, yellowish, together with the closely reticulate venation, prominent on both surfaces when dry.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences unbranched, 2–12.5 cm. long, including peduncle 1–4 cm. long (see note); cymules closely placed, 2–7-flowered, the stalks 0–1.2 mm. long; axes glabrous or puberulous; pedicels ± 1 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers greenish, white or cream; sepals green, the outer ± round, 1.2 mm. long, 1 mm. wide; inner ± oblate, 1–1.5 mm. long, 1.2–2 mm. wide, finely adpressed-pubescent or glabrous; petals spathulate, 1.5 mm. long, 0.8 mm. wide, mostly densely white hairy or ciliate to ± glabrous; disk glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments, ovary and style densely hairy.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruits bright red, globose or ± obovoid, 7–9 mm. long, 6–7 mm. wide, finely pubescent.

Native to:

Comoros, Kenya, Madagascar, Seychelles, Tanzania

Allophylus pervillei Blume appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jeffrey, C. [615], Seychelles 23310.000
Pervillé, M. [514], Madagascar K000426238 Unknown type material

First published in Rumphia 3: 123 (1847)

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.


Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Barthelat, F. (2019). La flore illustrée de Mayotte: 1-687. Biotope éditions.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Beentje, Kenya Trees, Shrubs and Lianas p. 413, map & fig. (1994).
  • Blume, Rumphia 3: 123 (1847).
  • Dale & Greenway, Kenya Trees and Shrubs p. 505 (1961).
  • Friedmann, Fl. Seychelles Dicot.: 409, t. 118 (1994).
  • J.P.M. Brenan, Check-lists of the Forest Trees and Shrubs of the British Empire no. 5, part II, Tanganyika Territory p. 552 (1949).
  • Radlk. in A. Engler & K. Prantl, Die Natürlichen Pflanzenfamilien III, 5: 312 (1895)
  • Radlk. in A. Engler, Das Pflanzenreich IV, 165: 517 (1932).
  • Radlk. in Sitz. Akad. Wiss. München 38: 217 (1909)
  • S.A. Robertson, Fl. Pl. Seychelles: 44 (1989).
  • Taub. in Die Pflanzenwelt Ost-Afrikas und der Nachbargebiete, Theile C: 250 (1895).
  • Vollesen in Opera. Bot. 59: 58 (1980).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa

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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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