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This species is accepted, and its native range is E. Central & E. Tropical Africa.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Liane or scandent shrub to 12 m. in height; young stems smooth, green; older stems brownish without obvious lenticels.
Morphology Leaves Stipules
Stipules triangular, ± 0.5 mm. long.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves with a thick petiole 8–15(–20) mm. long; blade subcoriaceous, yellowish green, ± concolorous, oblong-elliptic, elliptic or rarely ovate-elliptic, (6–)7–16(–20) cm. long (2.5–)3–9(–11.5) cm. wide, obtuse, rounded or sometimes bluntly acuminate at apex, rounded to abruptly cuneate at base, prominently reticulate-veined beneath; margin usually shallowly dentate but occasionally ± entire.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence glabrous; bracts ovate, ± 1 mm. long, minutely fimbriate; pedicels 1–1.5 mm. long.
Morphology General Buds
Buds globose, 1–1.5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers greenish or creamy-green, ± 2.5–3 mm. in diameter.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals subequal, ovate, 0.5–1 mm. long, rounded, ciliolate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals oblong-elliptic, 1.5–2.5 mm. long, erect, somewhat incurved, rounded, entire, erose or minutely dentate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disc cushion-like, obscurely 5-lobed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens with short filaments widened at the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovules 6–8 per locule; style short, stigma obscurely 3-lobed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Mericarps yellow-green, obovate, 5–7(–10.5) cm. long, 2.5–4 cm. wide, rounded or emarginate, striate.
Figures
Figs. 16/12–19, p. 60; 17/6, p. 64.
Habitat
Forest margins, riverine thickets; 720–1700 m.
Distribution
K4 K6 K7 T1 T2 U2

Native to:

Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaïre

Pristimera polyantha (Loes.) N.Hallé appears in other Kew resources:

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

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R., Nic Lughadha, E., Black, N., Turner, R. & Paton, A. (2021). The World Checklist of Vascular Plants, a continuously updated resource for exploring global plant diversity. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-021-00997-6 Scientific Data 8: 215.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • 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).
  • Troupin, Fl. Pl. Lign. Rwanda: 346 (1982).
  • Troupin, Fl. Rwanda 2: 336 (1983).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Backbone Distributions
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. 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
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
© Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0