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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Ethiopia to NE. Namibia.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

Apocynaceae (part 2), David Goyder, Timothy Harris, Siro Masinde, Ulrich Meve, Johan Venter. Flora of Tropical East Africa, 2012

Morphology General Habit
Perennial herb with globose to napiform tuber.
Morphology Stem
Stems single, 30–110 cm long, simple or branched, usually extremely slender, pubescent
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite and paired even in inflorescence, linear, 1–6 × 0.05–0.2 cm, margins strongly revolute, pubescent on upper surface and on midrib below
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences sessile at each of the upper nodes, 2–10-flowered.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel
Pedicels 1–5 mm long, pilose
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx lobes lanceolate or narrowly ovate, ± 1.5 × 0.2–0.5 mm, acute, pilose
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla spreading to campanulate, white or greenish, sometimes flushed pink or purple, divided ± to the base, lobes ovate, 2–4 × 1 mm, subacute, plane (but commonly replicate in East Africa), pilose on outer surface, glabrous on inner face, often with stout white hairs at apex
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corona
Corona lobes of type B (fig 91.2); basal part ± 1 × 0.5 mm, with square or rounded shoulders, tooth inflexed, triangular, to ± 0.5 mm long
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pollinia
Corpusculum 0.2–0.3 mm long. Pollinia 0.4–0.6 mm long, with distinct proximal germination zone.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Follicles narrowly fusiform, 3–6 cm long, with a pronounced beak, pubescent; fruiting pedicel contorted to hold follicle erect.
Ecology
Seasonally waterlogged grassland; 0–2000 m
Distribution
Flora districts: K3 K4 K6 K7 T1 T2 T3 T8 Z Range: From Congo-Kinshasa and Ethiopia to Angola and Namibia

Native to:

Angola, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre

Aspidoglossum masaicum (N.E.Br.) Kupicha appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1983 Cameron, K.J. [107], Malawi K000234761 holotype
Jan 1, 1983 Gillett, J.B. [14552], Ethiopia K000918649
Jan 1, 1982 Welwitsch [4177], Angola K000234759 Unknown type material
Johnston, H.H. [s.n.], Kenya K000234463 holotype
Baum, H. [413], Angola K000234760 holotype

First published in Kew Bull. 38: 656 (1984)

Accepted by

  • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
  • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 1-529. MIM, Deurne.
  • Goyder, D.J., Gilbert, M.G. & Venter, H.J.T. (2020). Flora Zambesiaca 7(3): 1-375. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Goyder, S., Harris, T., Masinde, S., Meve, U. & Venter, J. (2012). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Apocynaceae(2): 1-530.
  • Hedberg, I., Edwards, S. & Nemomissa, S. (eds.) (2003). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 4(1): 1-352. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Goyder, S., Harris, T., Masinde, S., Meve, U. & Venter, J. (2012). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Apocynaceae(2): 1-530.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Fl. Eth. 4(1): 117 (2003).
  • K.B. 38: 656 (1984)
  • U.K.W.F. ed. 2: 176, t. 66 (1994), as massaicum)

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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