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This species is accepted, and its native range is Eritrea to S. Africa, Arabian Peninsula.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Shrub or small to medium-sized tree 3–7(–12) m. tall, also occasionally described as a creeper; bark grey, smooth or rough; branchlets glabrous to sparsely pubescent or subtomentose.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves trifoliolate, mostly discolorous and drying deep or purplish brown above, grey-green beneath; petiole 0.8–5(–6.5) cm. long; leaflets elliptic, distinctly obovate or ± round, 1–10(–14) cm. long, 0.8–5.5(–8) cm. wide but predominantly small, emarginate to acute (mostly rather obtuse) at the apex, attenuate to cuneate at the base, shallowly crenate to irregularly dentate or serrate, glabrous to densely pubescent or velvety and often with conspicuous hair-tufts in nerve-axils beneath; indumentum usually greyish.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences usually unbranched, 2–18(–22) cm. long, but occasionally with a few branches 1–3(–12) cm. long; peduncles 1.2–5.5 cm. long; cymules 1–5-flowered, subsessile, usually closely placed, sometimes very dense; pedicels 1–2(–3) mm. long, pubescent or glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers green or yellowish white; outer sepals broadly elliptic, ± 1 mm. long and wide, inner ± round, 1 mm. long, 1–1.5 mm. wide; petals spathulate, 1 mm. long, 0.5 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments 1–2 mm. long, hairy at base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Style 1 mm. long, hairy; stigma 0.5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruits orange to bright red, of 1–2 mericarps, each ellipsoid, obovoid or subglobose, 6–8 mm. long, 5–6 mm. wide, finely pilose.

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Shrub (rarely shrublet) up to 5 m. tall or small tree; branchlets usually pale coloured, tomentose or densely pubescent and only tardily glabrescent.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 3-foliolate; petiole up to 5 cm. long, tomentose or densely pubescent; leaflets subequal or more often the terminal one up to twice as long as the lateral ones; petiolules up to 4 mm. long but leaflets usually subsessile; lamina of terminal leaflet 5–9 × 2·5–5 cm., obovate-elliptic or elliptic or rarely narrowly elliptic, usually broadest near the middle, papyraceous to chartaceous, densely pubescent to tomentose on both surfaces, minutely glandular beneath, usually with conspicuous tufts of hairs on the under surface in the axils of the lateral nerves and sometimes also in the axils of the secondary nerves, apex rounded to acute, margin irregularly crenate-serrate or dentate or remotely serrulate, base narrowly cuneate and distinctly narrowed from the middle downwards; lateral nerves 4–8 pairs.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence 4–10 cm. long, branched or unbranched.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white, greenish-white or yellow, in few-flowered subsessile glomerules; pedicels up to 1·5 mm. long, sparsely pubescent or glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Outer sepals 1·8 × 1·9 mm., subcircular, inner 1 × 1 mm., subcircular, all minutely pubescent or nearly glabrous, with minutely ciliate margins.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 1·2–1·8 × 0·8–1 mm., clavate or spathulate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium
Stamens with filaments 1·6 mm. long., staminodes with filaments 0·6 mm. long in the male flowers.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary 2-lobed, densely pubescent; style 2 mm. long, 2-fid.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit red or orange, 4–6 mm. in diam., subglobose, sparsely pubescent.

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Morphology General Habit
Shrub or small tree, 1–3(–5) m high; branchlets, leaves and inflorescences sparsely pubescent to subtomentose
Morphology Leaves
Petiole 1–3.5(–5.5) cm long; leaflets elliptic or obovate to subcircular, terminal one 2–8 x 1.5–5.5 cm, shallowly crenate to irregularly dentate or serrate, acute to emarginate at the apex, attenuate to cuneate at the base, tufts of hairs usually conspicuous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences usually all raceme-like (rarely some paniculate with 1–3 branches), 2–12(–15) cm long; cymules subsessile; pedicels 1–2 mm long, pubescent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Outer sepals c. 1 x 1 mm, broadly elliptic, pubescent, inner c. 1 x 1–1.5 mm, subcircular
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals c. 1 x 0.5 mm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments 1–2 mm long, hairy in basal half
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style c. 1 mm long, hairy; stigma c. 0.5 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit ellipsoid to subglobose, 6–8 x 5–6 mm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds ellipsoid, 6–7 x c. 5 mm.
Vernacular
Ciddi-shabeel-bured, geedlab, zadada-godleh (Somali)

Native to:

Burundi, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Malawi, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Oman, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Socotra, Somalia, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Allophylus rubifolius (Hochst. ex A.Rich.) Engl. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1963 Kirk, J. [s.n.], Mozambique K000426135
Jan 1, 1963 Kirk, J. [s.n.], Mozambique K000426134
Jan 1, 1963 Kirk, J. [s.n.], Mozambique K000426136
Hornby, R.M. [180A], Tanzania 15553.000
Ash [1081], Ethiopia 45249.000
Schimper [1669], Ethiopia K000426160
Schimper [1669], Ethiopia K000426162
K000426159
Schimper [1613], Ethiopia K000426161

First published in Abh. Königl. Akad. Wiss. Berlin 1891(2): 292 (1892)

Accepted by

  • Collenette, S. (1999). Wildflowers of Saudi Arabia: 1-799. National commission for wildlife conservation and development (NCWCD), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • 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.
  • Exell, A.W., Fernandes, A. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1966). Flora Zambesiaca 2(2): 353-653. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • 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.
  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Ghazanfar, S.A. (1992). An Annotated Catalogue of the Vascular Plants of Oman and their Vernacular names Scripta Botanica Belgica 2: 1-153.
  • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 529. MIM, Deurne.
  • Hedberg, I. & Edwards, S. (eds.) (1989 publ. 1990). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 3: 1-659. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
  • Kalema, J. & Beentje, H. (2012). Conservation checklist of the trees of Uganda: 1-235. Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Miller, A.G. & Morris, M. (2004). Ethnoflora of Soqotra Archipelago: 1-759. The Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh.
  • Mosti, S., Raffaelli, M. & Tardelli, M. (2012). Contributions to the flora of central-southern Dhofar (Sultanate of Oman) Webbia; Raccolta de Scritti Botanici 67: 65-91.
  • Robyns, W. & al. (eds.) (1948-1963). Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi 1-10.
  • Thulin, M. (ed.) in Thulin, M. (ed.) (1999). Flora of Somalia 2: 1-303. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Wood, J.R.I. (1997). A handbook of the Yemen Flora: 1-434. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Collenette, S. (1999). Wildflowers of Saudi Arabia: 1-799. National commission for wildlife conservation and development (NCWCD), Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
  • 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.
  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Mosti, S., Raffaelli, M. & Tardelli, M. (2012). Contributions to the flora of central-southern Dhofar (Sultanate of Oman) Webbia; Raccolta de Scritti Botanici 67: 65-91.
  • Wood, J.R.I. (1997). A handbook of the Yemen Flora: 1-434. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 2, (1999) Author: by I. Friis & K. Vollesen [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Baker f. in Journal of Botany 57: 159 (1919).
  • Beentje, Kenya Trees, Shrubs and Lianas p. 413, map (1994).
  • Dale & Greenway, Kenya Trees and Shrubs p. 506 (1961).
  • Engl. in Hochgebirgsfl. Trop. Afr.: 292 (1892).
  • Exell & Sousa in Fl. Moçamb. 51: 8 (1973).
  • Exell in Flora Zambesiaca 2: 502, t. 100/5 (1966).
  • F. W. Andr., The Flowering Plants of the Anglo-Egyptian Sudan 2: 335 (1952).
  • Hauman in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 9: 305 (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: 520 (1932).
  • Troupin, Fl. Rwanda 2: 300, fig. 93/2 (1983).
  • Vollesen in Fl. Ethiopia 3: 502, fig. 125.8/1–3 (1990).
  • Vollesen in Opera. Bot. 59: 58 (1980).

Flora Zambesiaca
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Flora of Somalia
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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