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This species is accepted, and its native range is Namibia to Northern Prov.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

Flora Zambesiaca. Vol 8, Pt 7. Avicenniaceae, R. Fernandes. Nesogenaceae, M.A. Diniz. Verbenaceae, R. Fernandes. Lamiaceae, R. Fernandes. 2005.

Type
Type from South Africa (Limpopo Province).
Morphology General Habit
Tree to 5 m tall with spreading branches
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 5-foliolate; petioles c. 45 mm long; petiolules short or absent; leaflets c. 60 × 28 mm, broadly lanceolate, entire, velvety-pubescent on both surfaces
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences axillary, of few-flowered dichasia, c. 5.5 cm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx accrescent in fruit; tube 2 mm long; lobes 0.5 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla zygomorphic, white, curved
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens included
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary glabrous, sparsely pubescent at apex
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit a drupe, black at maturity, spherical or ellipsoidal, c. 15 × 13 mm; fruiting calyx cup-shaped.
Note
Bredenkamp & Botha (1996) have recorded this South African species as “rare in North-West and Northern Provinces and Gauteng” and considered its range of distribution to extend into southern Zimbabwe.  However, I have not seen material of it from the Flora Zambesiaca area. The status and affinities of V. pooara have been variously treated by different authors: Corbishley (1920) treated it as related to V. isotjensis (= V. payos ) while Palmer & Pitman (1972) as related to V. harveyana , and Coates Palgrave (1983) has merged it with V. mombassaeV. pooara is here considered to be a separate species distinguished by an indumentum of finer shorter hairs which give the leaflets a velvety feel, by leaflets broadly-lanceolate, thin and flexible in texture and very shortly petiolulate, by the few-flowered inflorescences and peduncles and pedicels thinner and more delicate than in V. mombassae and V. payos .  Flower size appears to be intermediate between V. payos and V. harveyana , and much smaller than in V. mombassae .  Also, the apex of the ovary in V. pooara is sparsely pubescent as opposed to lanate in V. mombassae .

Native to:

Namibia, Northern Provinces

Vitex pooara Corbishley appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Pole-Evans, I.B. [19671], South Africa K000192821 Unknown type material

First published in Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1920: 333 (1920)

Accepted by

  • Fernandes, R. & Diniz, M.A. (2005). Avicenniaceae, Nesogenaceae, Verbenaceae and Lamiaceae (subfams, Viticoideae and Ajugoideae) Flora Zambesiaca 8(7): 1-161. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Flora Zambesiaca

  • Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 62 , Beibl. 141: 60 (1928).
  • Bothalia 26 , 2: 144 (1996).
  • Kew Bull. 56 : 204 (2001).
  • M. Coates Palgrave, ed. 3 of K. Coates Palgrave, Trees South. Africa: 986 (2002).
  • Palmer & Pitman, Trees South. Africa 3 : 1953 (1974).
  • Phytologia 6 : 89 (1957).

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Fernandes, R. & Diniz, M.A. (2005). Avicenniaceae, Nesogenaceae, Verbenaceae and Lamiaceae (subfams, Viticoideae and Ajugoideae) Flora Zambesiaca 8(7): 1-161. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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