Family:
Malvaceae Juss.

Triplochiton zambesiacus Milne-Redh.

This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Zambia to Zimbabwe.

[FZ]

Sterculiaceae, H. Wild. Flora Zambesiaca 1:2. 1961

Morphology General Habit
Large tree up to 18 m. tall with a straight bole and light-grey smooth flaking bark; branchlets slender, glabrous.
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-lamina up to 12 × 14 cm., palmately 5–9-lobed, cordate, lobes ovate to oblong, shortly acuminate at the apex, sparsely stellate-pubescent when young, later glabrous except sometimes for a few hairs at the base of the nerves on the lower surface; petiole up to 5 cm. long, sparsely stellate-pubescent or glabrous; stipules c. 7 mm. long, very caducous, subulate, stellate-pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers in reduced 1–4-flowered axillary or terminal cymes; pedicels c. 1·5 cm. long, stellate-pubescent; bracts up to 8 mm. long, caducous, ovate, obtuse, concave, sparsely stellate-pubescent; bracteoles c. 7 mm. long, broadly ovate, densely pubescent, forming an involucre round the base of the calyx.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx c. 2 cm. long, with deltoid acute lobes c. 8 × 7 mm., broadly funnel-shaped, stellate-tomentose on both sides.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 5, c. 3·5 × 2·5 cm., whitish or yellowish but deep red towards the base, broadly obovate, apex rounded or emarginate, clawed at the base, with an inconspicuous appendage c. 1 mm. long at the base of the lamina, pubescent on both surfaces of the lamina, densely hirsute inside just above the claw.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disk inconspicuous, annular.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androgynophore
Androgynophore 9 mm. long, 3 mm. in diam., sulcate or angular, densely appressed-hirsute above.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium
Stamens very numerous; filaments 6–8 mm. long, joined below in pairs or triads; staminodes 5, c. 6 × 4 mm., contorted, ovate to ovate-oblong, very concave, scarious, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary ovoid, 5-angled and 5-locular, densely hirsute; style 2 mm. long, pubescent; ovules 10–12 per loculus.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit of 5 tomentose carpels, each with a unilateral, obovoid-oblong, stiffish, pubescent wing up to 7 × 2·8 cm.

Native to:

Zambia, Zimbabwe

Triplochiton zambesiacus Milne-Redh. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status Has image?
Eyles, F. [8295], Zimbabwe K000241761 Unknown type material Yes
Eyles, F. [8295], Zimbabwe K000241762 Unknown type material Yes

First published in Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1935: 271 (1935)

Accepted by

  • Exell, A.W. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1961). Flora Zambesiaca 1(2): 337-581. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Exell, A.W. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1961). Flora Zambesiaca 1(2): 337-581. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

  • Flora Zambesiaca

    Flora Zambesiaca
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  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

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  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

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