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This species is accepted, and its native range is Ethiopia to Tanzania.

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Solanaceae, Jennifer M Edmonds. Oliganthes, Melongena & Monodolichopus, Maria S. Vorontsova & Sandra Knapp. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2012

Type
Type: Kenya, Mt Aberdare E between Kinangop and Toeiene, Balbo 121 (TOM deposited at FT, holo., photo!)
Morphology General Habit
Shrub or small tree, 1–3(–5) m high.
Morphology Stem
Stems ascending with terminal foliage, young stems densely flocculose/villous, often glabrescent when mature
Morphology Leaves
Leaves usually coriaceous, elliptic, ovate or ovate-lanceolate, 4–7.8(–15) × 1.4–5(–7.6) cm, base cuneate, margins entire or sinuate, apex acute, upper surfaces glabrescent to pilose especially on midribs and primary veins, lower surfaces tomentose or villous/flocculose, glabrescent, often appearing fuscous brown; petioles 0.4–1.5(–3) cm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers usually solitary, occasionally in 2–3(–4)-flowered fascicles, often aromatic; pedicels often pendulous, 7–14 mm long, sparsely pilose, glabrescent; calyx green to purplish, (2.5–)3–5 mm long, lobes shallow, 1.2–3.5 × 2–5 mm, usually with distinct ciliate fringe often appearing as tufts on protruding apices
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla pale green, yellow or pale purple, (7–)10–13 mm long, tube (5–)6–8 mm long, lobes triangular, (2.5–)4–5 × (1.5–)2.5–4 mm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens with filaments free for 1–3 mm; anthers greenish, yellow or brown, (1.2–)1.7–2.3 × 0.7–1 mm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary green, 1.5–2.5 mm diameter; disc orange or yellow, 3–4 mm diameter; style green, glabrous, (1.2–)2–4 mm long; stigma 0.7–1.5 mm diameter
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit yellowish-orange, orange or red, usually longitudinally ovoid, rarely globose, 6–11 × (4.5–)6–9 mm; fruiting calyx cupulate with shallow glabrescent lobes 1.3–3.5 × 2–5 mm, adherent to base of berry; fruiting pedicels erect, 1–2.1 cm. Seeds 1–5 per berry, dark brown, usually reniform, (4–)5–6 × (3.5–)4–4.5 mm.
Figures
Fig 13/11–16, p 65
Ecology
Moorlands, upper montane Hagenia woodland or Podocarpus forest, often in damp or boggy conditions, on tracks through degraded Arundinaria forest; (2100–)3000–3500 m
Conservation
Widespread; least concern (LC)
Distribution
Flora districts: U3 K3 K4K ?5; T2 Range: Ethiopia

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda

Discopodium eremanthum Chiov. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Verdcourt, B. [2008], Kenya 1110.000
Verdcourt, B. [3737], Kenya 25673.000

First published in Racc. Bot.: 89 (1935)

Accepted by

  • Edmonds, J. (2012). Flora of Tropical East Africa Solanaceae: 1-239.
  • Hedberg, I., Kelbessa, E., Edwards, S., Demissew, S. & Persson, E. (eds.) (2006). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 5: 1-690. 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.

Not accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2000). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS D: 1-30141. [Cited as Discopodium penninervium.]

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Kalema, J. & Beentje, H. (2012). Conservation checklist of the trees of Uganda: 1-235. Kew Publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Fl. Eth. 5: 150 (2006).
  • K.T.S.L.: 577 (1994)
  • Racc. Bot. Miss. Consol. Kenya: 89 (1935)
  • Tax. & Ecol. African plants: 686 (2006)
  • U.K.W.F.: 528 (1974):

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. 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