Ternstroemia polypetala Melch.

First published in Notizbl. Bot. Gart. Berlin-Dahlem 11: 1076 (1934)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is Tanzania to N. Malawi. It is a tree and grows primarily in the wet tropical biome.

Descriptions

Theaceae, B. Verdcourt (East African Herbarium). Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1962

Morphology General Habit
Glabrous tree (3–)8–12 m. tall.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves spirally arranged at ends of shoots, reddish-brown when dry, somewhat leathery, obovate-elliptic, rounded or obtuse at the apex, 4.5–9 cm. long and 1.5–2.5 (–4 fide Melchior) cm. wide ; margins entire, inrolled ; petiole 2-6 mm. long, glandular and flattened, gradually merging with the leaf-blade.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white or yellowish-white, solitary, axillary, dioecious, on rather compressed peduncles 2–3 cm. (–3.5 cm. in fruit) long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals 5, round or ovate, 2.5–4 mm. long and 5 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 7–10, obovate, rounded at the apex, narrowed below, 8 mm. long and 6 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens about 60 in male flowers, in several whorls, 4-5 mm. long, the anthers much longer than the filaments ; connective produced into an apiculus ; stamens in female flowers fewer and much reduced, in two whorls.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary in female flowers ovoid-conic ; stigma conspicuous, cap-like, covering the short style and apex of the ovary.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit indehiscent, ovoid, 1.2–1.6 × 0.7–1.0 cm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 2–4, ellipsoid, 9 × 5.5 mm.
Figures
Fig. 1.
Habitat
Mist-forest and upland rain-forest ; 1800–2300 m.
Distribution
T6 known only from the Uluguru Mts.
[FTEA]

IUCN Red List of Threatened Species https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/34877/9895086

Conservation
VU - vulnerable
[IUCN]

Sources

  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Flora of Tropical East Africa
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  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

    • Digital Image © Board of Trustees, RBG Kew http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/
  • IUCN Categories

    • IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
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  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2023. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2022 World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2023. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2022 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0