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This species is accepted, and its native range is Burundi to N. Malawi.
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
Erect herb with stems 12–40 cm long
Morphology Leaves
Leaves sessile or petiolate, petiole to 5 mm long; lamina spatulate, obovate or narrowly oblong to ovate, lowest leaves present at anthesis 1.3–2 × 0.4–1 cm, upper leaves (2–)3–7 × (0.5–)1–3.6 cm, apex rounded, obtuse or subacute, apiculate, the apices of lower leaves generally more acute than those of upper leaves, rounded at the base or tapering gradually into the petiole, glabrous or sparsely hairy beneath; midrib channelled on upper surface, lateral veins clearly visible but neither impressed nor raised, numerous, parallel to each other and at ± 90° to the midrib
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Umbels with up to 9 flowers.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Peduncles
Peduncles pubescent, ± 1 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pedicel
Pedicels 8–13 mm long, pubescent on one side
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx lobes ovate or triangular, 2–3 × 1–1.5 mm, acute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla green or brown, campanulate, lobed to 1 mm from the base; lobes ovate, 5–8 × (2–)4–5 mm, apex acute or subacute, glabrous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corona
Corona lobes attached near the base of the gynostegium, ± 1 × 0.5 mm, forming fleshy outward-pointing pegs briefly united into an annulus at the base
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Anthers
Anther appendages broadly ovate, ± 1.5 × 2 mm; corpusculum brown, ovoid, 0.5–0.8 mm long; translator arms 0.4–0.7 mm long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Pollinia
Pollinia obtriangular, ± 0.75 × 0.5–0.6 mm Follicles not seen
Ecology
Montane grassland, 1500–1800 m. Flowering November to February
Note
Richards 10216 from Kito Mountain in SW Tanzania has the initial appearance of narrowleaved forms of G. brevilobum but is anomalous in a number of characters. The rootstock is a simple, slender napiform tuber rather than the typical Glossostelma type with fusiform lateral tuberous roots; the corona lobes are fleshy but ovate rather than the reduced pegs of G. brevilobum; the translator arms are unusually short and broad and the apex of the stylar head is rostrate. The form of the stylar head is most unusual in this part of the family, while the rootstock and corona lobes may indicate a link to Xysmalobium.
Distribution
Flora districts: Known from just four localities in Congo-Kinshasa, Burundi, Tanzania and Malawi Flora districts: T7

Native to:

Burundi, Malawi, Tanzania, Zaïre

Glossostelma brevilobum Goyder appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1995 Pawek, J. [5954], Malawi K000234350 holotype

First published in Kew Bull. 50: 551 (1995)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS G: 1-40325.
  • 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.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • K.B. 50: 551 (1995).

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