Dicranolepis usambarica Gilg

First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 19: 272 (1894)
This species is accepted
The native range of this species is SE. Kenya to E. Tanzania. It is a shrub or tree and grows primarily in the seasonally dry tropical biome.

Descriptions

Thymelaeaceae, B. Peterson (University of Göteborg). Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1978

Morphology General Habit
Slender shrub 1–4.5 m. or small tree up to 6(–15) m. high.
Morphology Branches
Young branches pilose or pubescent, later glabrous.
Morphology Leaves
Petiole 2–4 mm. long, glabrous to pubescent; leaf-blade oblong or elliptic-oblong, ± irregular, 50–85(–110) mm. long, 20–38(–58) mm. wide, acuminate apex 5–10 mm. long, chartaceous, glabrous above, sparsely hairy beneath, midrib and lateral nerves prominent on both sides, light green beneath.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers white or yellowish white, solitary or paired; pedicel 1–2 mm. long, slightly pubescent like the small triangular bracts.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx-tube 20–30 mm. long, 1–2 mm. wide, almost glabrous to densely puberulous or tomentose; lobes ovate to ovate-oblong, 6–12 mm. long, 2–4.5 mm. wide, sericeous on the outside or pubescent on the margins, puberulous or almost glabrous on the inside.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals equal to or slightly longer than the calyx-lobes, divided almost to the base; lobes spathulate, 6–12(–14) mm. long, 1.5–4 mm. wide, almost entire to irregularly denticulate at the top.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Filaments 0.5–2 mm. long; anthers 1–1.5 mm. long, exserted.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary shortly stipitate, glabrous; disc 1–2 mm. high, deeply lobed; style exserted, stigma papillate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit red, 10–12 mm. long, 7–9 mm. wide.
Figures
Fig. 1, p. 3.
Habitat
Rain-forest; 600–1800 m.
Distribution
not known elsewhere K7 T3 T6
[FTEA]

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/
  • 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