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This species is accepted, and its native range is Kenya to S. Tropical Africa.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Many-stemmed climber.
Morphology Roots
Roots unknown.
Morphology Stem
Stems twining, up to 3 m long, 2–4 mm diameter, brown, glabrous, sparsely lenticellate
Morphology Leaves
Leaves leathery; petiole 0.5–3 cm long; blade narrowly elliptic or oblong-elliptic, (5–)7–13(–17) × (2–)3–5(–7) cm, obtuse-attenuate, base obtuse to cuneate, glossy dark green above, pale green beneath, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences axillary, open, few-flowered, glabrous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Peduncles
Peduncles sturdy, primary 3–5 cm long, secondaries 3–6 cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel
Pedicels sturdy, 0.8–1 cm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bracts narrowly ovate, ± 1 mm long
Morphology General Buds
Bud ovoid, long-apiculate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers glabrous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals narrowly ovate to narrowly triangular, 2–3 × 1 mm
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla white, creamy yellow or pale greenish-yellow; tube campanulate, 3–5 mm long, 2–4 mm diameter, with papillose spots; lobes linear, 12–16 × 1–2 mm, rounded.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corona
Corona: lower whorl of clavate or acicular lobes, ± 1 mm long; upper whorl of sinus pockets
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Staminal filaments ± 1 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anthers pale yellow, narrowly triangular, ± 1 mm long, attenuate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style terete, ± 0.5 mm long; style-head broadly angular-deltoid, ± 1 mm long, attenuate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Follicles paired, horizontally opposite, brown, cylindricalellipsoid, 15–16 cm long, 0.8–1 cm diameter, attenuate, glabrous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds obliquely narrowly elliptic, 8 × 2 mm; coma white, 3–4 cm long
Ecology
Lowland forest and shrubby thickets in grassland; 30–350 m
Distribution
Range: Also recorded from Congo-Kinshasa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe Flora districts: K7 T3

Native to:

Kenya, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Cryptolepis apiculata K.Schum. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Sep 26, 2001 Holst, C. [2564], Tanzania K000234077 isotype

First published in H.G.A.Engler (ed.), Pflanzenw. Ost-Afrikas, C: 320 (1895)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. 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.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • 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.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • F.T.A. 4(1): 244 (1902)
  • K.T.S.L.: 490 (1994).
  • P.O.A. C: 320 (1895)
  • T.T.C.L.: 64 (1949)

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

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