Rubiaceae Juss.
Coffea L.

Coffea pseudozanguebariae Bridson

This species is accepted, and its native range is SE. Kenya, NE. Tanzania (incl. Zanzibar).


Rubiaceae, B. Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1976

Morphology General Habit
Bush or small tree 1.5–3.5 m. tall; very young branches glabrous to puberulous, covered with light rusty-brown to maroon-brown shiny bark, becoming pale greyish and dull with age.
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-blades elliptic to broadly elliptic, 3–4.8 cm. long, 1.5–7 cm. wide, acute to subacuminate or occasionally obtuse at apex, acute or sometimes slightly attenuated at base, subcoriaceous, dull above; lateral nerves apparent and tertiary nerves obscure to apparent on both faces; domatia well marked or less often small, ciliate to pubescent; petiole 2–6 mm. long; stipule-limbs triangular, shortly aristate, 2–4 mm. long altogether.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers (5–)6–8-merous, usually individually borne in the axils of the upper leaves (often including the apical axil), 1–2(–5) per axil; inflorescence-stalks 2–6 mm. long; upper bracteoles cupular or with free lobes; lower bracteoles ± 1–2 mm. long, cupular, sometimes slightly lobed; scale-like bracteoles present or sometimes absent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx-limb much shorter than the disc.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla-tube 0.7–1.2 cm. long, 3–7 mm. wide at throat; lobes oblong to oblong-lanceolate, 1–1.4 cm. long, 5–7 mm. wide, rounded.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style-arms up to 6 mm. long, scarcely divergent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit 8–11 mm. long, 4–5.5 mm. wide, distinctly beaked (constricted at apex into bottle-neck shape); stalk lengthening to 1 cm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds mid-to light brown, 5–7.5 mm. long, 2.5–4 mm. wide; testa with distinct or fine striations.
Fig. 123/A–G.
Forest and coastal bush; 0–800 m.
K7 T3 T6 Z not known elsewhere

Native to:

Kenya, Tanzania

Coffea pseudozanguebariae Bridson appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Mvungi, E.F. [17], Tanzania 70325.000
Mvungi, E.F. [16], Tanzania 70327.000
Mvungi, E.F. [EFM 51], Tanzania 71975.000
Mvungi, E.F. [EFM 34], Tanzania 71412.000
Faulkner, H.G. [1099], Tanzania K000097656 holotype
Koritschoner, H. [1535], Tanzania K000097650
Harris, B.J. [2700], Tanzania K000097658
Wingfield, R. [4295], Tanzania K000097659
Luke, W.R.Q. [4281], Tanzania K000097661
Robertson, S.A. [6620], Kenya K000097665
Hawthorne, W. [157], Kenya K000097671
Faden, R.B. [354], Kenya K000097675
Robertson, S.A. [4782], Kenya K000097685
Faden, R.B. [17], Kenya K000097691
Tanner, R.A. [3379], Tanzania K000097642
Peter, A.H. [21946], Tanzania K000097652
Mvungi, E.F. [17], Tanzania K000034955
Magogo, F.C. [421], Kenya K000097672
Greenway, P.J. [9650], Kenya K000097674
Hawthorne, W. [1457], Tanzania K000097660
Robertson, S.A. [169], Kenya K000097666
Borhidi, A. [86301], Tanzania K000097645
Robertson, S.A. [5692], Kenya K000097689
Ruffo, C.K. [1731], Tanzania K000097646
Adams, B.R. [105], Kenya K000097687
Konwaro, J.O. [3968], Kenya K000097676
Kibuwa, S.P. [1225], Kenya K000097669
Last, J. [238], Tanzania K000097663
Kokwaro, J.O. [3915], Kenya K000097680
Robertson, S.A. [1], Kenya K000097667
Robertson, S.A. [194], Kenya K000097668
Luke, W.R.Q. [3479], Kenya K000097664
Konwaro, J.O. [3950], Kenya K000097677
Robertson, S.A. [3877], Kenya K000097681
Hawthorne, W. [837], Tanzania K000097653
Luke, W.R.Q. [4419], Kenya K000097684
Faden, R.B. [664], Kenya K000097679
Robertson, S.A. [5926], Kenya K000097682
Kasser [200], Kenya K000097673
Ruffo, C.K. [1944], Tanzania K000097647
Vaughan, J.H. [1688], Tanzania K000097662
Borhidi, A. [86697], Tanzania K000097644
Peter, A.H. [39922], Tanzania K000097643
Faulkner, H.G. [1172], Tanzania K000097655
Brenan [14613], Kenya K000097678
Greenway, P.J. [7557], Tanzania K000097651
Luke, W.R.Q. [1821], Kenya K000097688
Mvungi, E.F. [16], Tanzania K000034954
Robertson, S.A. [4796], Kenya K000097686
Iversen, S.T. [86382], Tanzania K000097648
Luke, W.R.Q. [1600], Kenya K000097690
Wakefield, T.G. [s.n.], Kenya K000097670

First published in Kew Bull. 36: 835 (1982)

Accepted by

  • Davis, A.P., Govaerts, R., Bridson, D.M. & Stoffelen, P. (2006). An annotated taxonomic conspectus of the genus Coffea (Rubiaceae) Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society 152: 465-512.
  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.


Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Bridson in Kew Bulletin 36: 835, fig. 4 A–G (1982).

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