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This species is accepted, and its native range is SE. Kenya, S. Tropical Africa to Limpopo.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

Celastraceae, N.K.B. Robson, N. Hallé, B. Mathew & R. Blakelock†. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1994

Morphology General Habit
Scandent shrub up to 5 m. in height; stems with 4 small ridges when young; older stems dull reddish or grey-brown, with numerous but rather obscure lenticels.
Morphology Leaves Stipules
Stipules acicular, ± 0.5 mm. long.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves with a slender petiole (4–)7–22 mm. long; blade subcoriaceous, yellowish green, concolorous, or slightly yellower beneath, elliptic to oblong or suborbicular, (3–)4–7.5(–8) cm. long, (1.2–)1.5–3.2(–3.9) cm. wide, obtuse, bluntly acuminate, rounded or emarginate, narrowly cuneate, venation not markedly prominent-reticulate; margin dentate, sometimes coarsely so.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence glabrous; bracts ovate, ± 0.5–1.5 mm. long, acute, with entire or erose margin, persistent; pedicels 0.5–2(–3) mm. long.
Morphology General Buds
Buds globose, 1–1.5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers yellowish green, ± 2.5–4 mm. in diameter.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals subequal, broadly ovate to nearly orbicular, 0.5–1 mm. long, obtuse to rounded with minutely fimbriate margins.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals elliptic to oblong, 1–2 mm. long, not unguiculate, rounded, entirely or rarely minutely fimbriate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disc cushion-like, obscurely 5-lobed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens with short flattened filaments, widening to the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovules 4–5 per locule; style short with united stigmas.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Mericarps olive-green or brownish, obovate or oblanceolate, less frequently oblong or elliptic, 4.2–6 cm. long, 1.7–3.2 cm. wide, smooth.
Habitat
Forest margins and dryish scrub; to 15 m.
Distribution
K7

[FZ]

Celastraceae, N. K. Robson. Flora Zambesiaca 2:2. 1966

Morphology General Habit
Shrub, usually scandent, up to at least 5 m. high, glabrous; stems olive-green and 4-lined when young, becoming vinous-red (sometimes) and eventually greyish-brown, terete, with numerous small whitish lenticels not prominent and often scarcely visible.
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-lamina yellow-green, concolorous, (3)4–7·5(8) × (1·2)1·5–3·2(3·9) cm., elliptic to oblong or subcircular, obtuse or ± obtusely acuminate to rounded or emarginate at the apex, with margin obtusely glandular-dentate to entire, cuneate at the base, softly subcoriaceous, with 4–5 lateral nerves slightly prominent below only, without noticeable reticulate venation; petiole (4)7–17(22) mm. long; stipules c. 0·5 mm. long, acicular, deciduous, not united.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers 3–12(26) in lax simple axillary dichasia; buds 1–1·5 mm. long, globose; pedicels 1·5–3 mm. long; bracts c. 0·7 mm. long, triangular, acute, with margin entire or ± eroded, persistent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals yellowish-green with paler ciliolate denticulate margin, 0·5–1 mm. long, subequal, broadly ovate to semicircular, obtuse to rounded.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals yellowish-green, with entire or subentire margin, 1·5 mm. long, not unguiculate, elliptic to oblong, rounded, ± cucullate, imbricate in bud.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disk single, concave or pulvinate, slightly 5-angled.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 3(4), with filaments short, ± triangular; anthers extrorse, subcircular, 1-thecous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary with style short; stigmas completely united; ovules 4–5 per loculus.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Mericarps olive-green to yellow-brown, flattened, obovate to oblanceolate (more rarely oblong or elliptic), rounded to obtuse or apiculate at the apex, smooth, 1–5-seeded.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds winged, with veins marginal and submedian.

Native to:

Kenya, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Zimbabwe

Pristimera longipetiolata (Oliv.) N.Hallé appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Oct 2, 1983 Schlechter [11899], Zimbabwe K000036074
Oct 2, 1983 Schlechter [11899], Zimbabwe K000036075
Oct 2, 1982 Kirk, J. [s.n.], Mozambique K000036072
Oct 2, 1982 Kirk, J. [s.n.], Mozambique K000036073
Kirk, J. [s.n.], Mozambique K000036071

First published in Bull. Mus. Natl. Hist. Nat., B, Adansonia 3: 9 (1981)

Accepted by

  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Robson, N.K.B. & al. (1994). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Celastraceae: 1-78.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Exell, A.W., Fernandes, A. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1966). Flora Zambesiaca 2(2): 353-653. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Robson, N.K.B. & al. (1994). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Celastraceae: 1-78.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • N. Hallé in Bull. Mus. Hist. Nat. Paris, sér. 4, T. 3, sect. B, Adansonia 1: 9 (1981).

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