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

[FTEA]

Apocynaceae, E.A. Omino. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2002

Morphology General Habit
Shrub or small tree 1.5–5 m high; bark smooth dark grey to black; branchlets pubescent; stipules very short almost reduced to lines.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves petiolate; blade elliptic or narrowly elliptic, sometimes obovate, 1.2–8 cm long, 0.3–2 cm wide, rounded or obtuse at the apex, cuneate at the base or decurrent into the petiole, entire, thinly papery when dried, glabrous or puberulous, with obscure reticulate venation when mature; petiole 0.5–2 mm long, pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence few-flowered, 1.5–2.5 cm long, pubescent in all parts; peduncle 1–3 mm long; bracts sepal-like; pedicels 4–6 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers very sweetly scented; sepals ovate or broadly ovate, 1.5–2.8 mm long, obtuse, glabrous, with one large squamella inside; corolla tube greenish, 5–8 mm long, almost cylindrical, with stiff recurved hairs inside on the filament ridges; corona white, 1–1.5 mm high, shortly lobed, undulate, glabrous or pubescent outside; lobes white or creamy, oblong, 10–15 mm long, 3–5 mm wide, rounded, spreading; stamens exserted; pistil 4.5–6.5 mm long, glabrous; ovules 30 in each carpel; style rather thick, persistent when corolla is shed, 2–5 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit follicles united at the extreme base, narrowly fusiform, 12–31 cm long, 8 mm wide, pubescent outside, acuminate at the apex, narrowed towards the base; seeds pale brown, 19–25 mm long, 2 mm wide, longitudinally ribbed with coma 3.5–4 cm long, of dirty white smooth hairs.
Figures
Fig. 24 (p. 70).
Habitat
Acacia - Commiphora bushland, often on rocky sites; 50–1200 m
Distribution
K1 K4 K7

[FSOM]

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

Morphology General Habit
Shrub or small tree to 8 m high; branchlets pubescent
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-blades ± narrowly elliptic or occasionally obovate, 12–60 x 3–20 mm, rounded or obtuse at the apex, pubescent on both sides
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers sweetly scented, in few-flowered cymes terminating short lateral shoots; pedicels pubescent, 4–6 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx pubescent outside
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla white or cream; tube 5–7 mm long, almost cylindrical; lobes oblong, 10–14 mm long; corona 1–1.5 mm high
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens exserted; anthers 3.5–4 mm long, acuminate, sessile
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Follicles united at the very base only, cylindrical, 12–31 x 0.8–2 cm, pubescent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 19–25 mm long with a tuft of long hairs.

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia

Wrightia demartiniana Chiov. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Ellis, P.E. [108], Ethiopia Piaggiaea demartiniana 11753.000
Gillett, J.B. [12530], Kenya Piaggiaea demartiniana 11754.000
Bally, P.R.O. [9378], Kenya Piaggiaea demartiniana 3631.000

First published in Ann. Bot. (Rome) 13: 405 (1915)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Thulin, M. (ed.) (2006). Flora of Somalia 3: 1-626. The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 3, (2006) Author: by M. Thulin [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Beentje, Kenya Trees, Shrubs and Lianas p. 488, ill., map (1994).
  • Chiov. in Ann. Bot. Roma 13: 401 (1965).
  • Leeuwenberg in Wageningen Agric. Univ. Pap. 87, 5: 35, t. 1 (1987).
  • Ngan in Ann. Miss. Bot. Gard. 52: 163 (1965).

Flora of Somalia
Flora of Somalia
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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