1. Family: Capparaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Capparis Tourn. ex L.
      1. Capparis viminea Oliv.

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

    [FWTA]

    Capparidaceae, Hutchinson and Dalziel. Flora of West Tropical Africa 1:1. 1954

    Habit
    Scrambling prickly shrub
    Flowers
    Flowers white.
    [FZ]

    Capparidaceae, H. Wild. Flora Zambesiaca 1:1. 1960

    Habit
    Scandent thorny shrub to 3 m. tall; spines recurved; branches smooth, green and glabrous.
    Leaves
    Leaf-lamina 3–5 x 1–2.5 cm., membranous, ovate-oblong, rhomboid or elliptic, apex blunt or subacute, mucronulate, rounded or broadly cuneate at the base, glabrous on both sides, shining above, dull below; petiole up to 5 mm. long, glabrous or very sparsely pubescent.
    Flowers
    Flowers 1–3 (4) together in the upper axils; pedicels up to 1 cm. long, slender, glabrous.
    Calyx
    Sepals lilac or green, 4–6 x 2–3 mm., oblong-elliptic, subacute at the apex, glabrous except for the bearded margins.
    Corolla
    Petals cream, c. 1.0 x 0.3 cm., spathulate-oblong, rounded at the apex, greyish-tomentose outside, glabrous inside.
    Stamens
    Stamens c. 6, 2 cm. long or more on very slender filaments.
    Gynophore
    Gynophore 3 cm. long or more, very slender.
    Ovary
    Ovary ovoid, narrowing into a very short style and punctiform stigma.
    Fruits
    Ripe fruit not known.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Benin, Kenya, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nigeria, Tanzania, Zaïre

    Capparis viminea Oliv. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Fl. Trop. Afr. 1: 97 (1868)

    Accepted by

    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Akoègninou, A., van der Burg, W.J. & van der Maesen, L.J.G. (eds.) (2006). Flore Analytique du Bénin: 1-1034. Backhuys Publishers.
    • Kress, W.J., DeFilipps, R.A., Farr, E. & Kyi, D.Y.Y. (2003). A Checklist of the Trees, Shrubs, Herbs and Climbers of Myanmar Contributions from the United States National Herbarium 45: 1-590. Smithsonian Institution.
    • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.
    • Hutchinson, J., Dalziel, J.M. & Keay, R.W.J. (1954-1958). Flora of West Tropical Africa, ed. 2, 1: 1-828.

    Literature

    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    • Exell & Mendonca in Consp. Fl. Ang. 1: 63.
    • Not C. viminea Hook. f. & Thoms. in Fl. Brit. India 1: 179 (1872).
    • F.T.A. 1: 97 (1868), excl. distrib. Asiat.
    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Kress, W.J., DeFilipps, R.A., Farr, E. & Kyi, D.Y.Y. (2003). A Checklist of the Trees, Shrubs, Herbs and Climbers of Myanmar Contributions from the United States National Herbarium 45: 1-590. Smithsonian Institution.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. 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 2019. 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