1. Family: Boraginaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Ehretia P.Browne
      1. Ehretia rigida (Thunb.) Druce

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Central & S. Cape Prov.

    [FZ]

    Boraginaceae, E. S. Martins (Trichodesma by R. K. Brummit). Flora Zambesiaca 7:4. 1990

    Habit
    A small tree up to 6 m. high or more often a many-stemmed shrub 0.8–4.5 m. high, deciduous; branches glabrous, light-grey to dark-grey.
    Leaves
    Leaves arranged either alternately on long juvenile shoots or crowded at the ends of short shoots, these sometimes only vestigial.
    Petiole
    Petiole up to 0.4 cm. long or absent, very rarely up to 0.8 cm. long.
    Leaf lamina
    Lamina 1.2–4.0(8.0) x 0.5–2.5(4.0) cm., obovate or sometimes varying from ovate to oblanceolate, sometimes shortly hispid on both surfaces, more often glabrous except by some rigid acroscopic appressed hairs on the margin or quite glabrous, apex rounded or rarely subacute, base narrowly tapering into a short petiole, margins entire, papery to leathery, with 3–4 secondary nerves on each side of the midrib, usually not prominent, sometimes hardly perceptible, often with sparingly pilose acarodomatia at the axils.
    Flowers
    Flowers hermaphrodite, 5-merous, arranged in corymbs 1–3(4) cm. long, usually few-flowered, sessile or shortly pedunculate, puberulous or shortly hispid, terminal on the shoots or on the short-shoots; pedicels 0.2–2.0(4.0) mm. long.
    Calyx
    Calyx 1.5–2.5 mm. long, variably lobed from above middle to near base, pubescent to subglabrous outside and inside; lobes narrowly triangular to oblong, acute to rounded at apex, ciliate.
    Corolla
    Corolla mauve to pale blue or white or, a few times purple; tube 3–4(6) mm. long, cylindrical or narrowly funnel-shaped, glabrous; lobes 2.5–4.0 x 1.5–2.0 mm., ovate to oblong, rounded at apex, ciliate, spreading.
    Stamens
    Anthers 1.0–1.5 mm. long, sagittate-oblong; filaments 2.5–3.5(5.0) mm. long, slender.
    Pistil
    Ovary glabrous; style 4.0–6.5 mm. long, divided 1/52/5 -way down; stigmas truncate, sometimes umbilicate.
    Fruits
    Fruit c. 5 x 7 mm., fleshy, glabrous, orange to red when ripe; pyrenes 4 with the out surface irregularly reticulate-foveate.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Cape Provinces, Free State

    Ehretia rigida (Thunb.) Druce appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1987 Yalala, A.M. [119], Botswana K000489235
    Burchell [3626], South Africa K000418824
    Burchell [1763], South Africa K000418828
    Burchell [2690], South Africa K000418827
    Burchell [2373], South Africa K000418830
    Burchell [2117], South Africa K000418829 Unknown type material
    Burchell [1574], South Africa K000418826
    Burchell [1798], South Africa K000418831
    Wild, H. [5082], Botswana K000489236
    Wood, J.M. [679], South Africa K000418825
    Krauss [376], South Africa K000418832
    Smith, P.A. [739], Botswana K000489238
    McConnell, R.H. [68934], Botswana K000489237

    First published in Rep. Bot. Soc. Exch. Club Brit. Isles 4: 620 (1916 publ. 1917)

    Accepted by

    • Retief, E. & Meyer, N.L. (2017). Plants of the Free State inventory and identification guide Strelitzia 38: 1-1236. 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. (2001). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS E-F: 1-50919.
    • Launert, E. & Pope, G.V. (eds.) (1990). Flora Zambesiaca 7(4): 1-114. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Retief, E. & Meyer, N.L. (2017). Plants of the Free State inventory and identification guide Strelitzia 38: 1-1236. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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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 2018. 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 2018. 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