1. Family: Capparaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Maerua Forssk.
      1. Maerua brunnescens Wild

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Mozambique.

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Small shrub up to 2 m. tall, glabrous except for the sepal-margins; branches brownish, smooth, erect or sometimes sarmentose.
    Leaves
    Leaves simple; lamina 2.5–7 x 1.8–3.5 cm., ovate, broadly oblong or broadly elliptic, apex usually obtuse or refuse, mucronulate, base rounded, margin cartilaginous, becoming brown when dry, nerves in 5–6 pairs, slightly prominent on both sides; petioles up to 9 mm. long.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence racemose, terminal or axillary, up to 20 cm. long; pedicels 5–6 mm. long; bracts up to 6 mm. long, subulate or the lower ones like the leaves but smaller.
    Receptacle
    Receptacle 4.5 mm. long, 2.5 mm. wide at the mouth, cylindric, widening slightly at the mouth, with c. 12 longitudinal ribs.
    Calyx
    Sepals c. 8.5 x 3.5 mm., narrowly oblong-ovate, apex acute, mucronate, margin shortly lanate.
    Corolla
    Petals 0.
    Androgynophore
    Androgynophore exserted from the receptacle, 6 mm. long.
    Stamens
    Stamens c. 70; filaments 1 cm. long; anthers 1.5 x 0.7 mm., elliptic.
    Pistil
    Ovary on a gynophore 1–1.2 cm. long and slightly sulcate below, oblong-ovoid; ovules 26–30 on 2 placentas; stigma sessile, capitate.
    Fruits
    Fruit c. 2.8 x 1.8 cm., oblong-ovoid, slightly verrucose.
    Seeds
    Seeds 7–10, c. 6.5 mm. in diam., subglobose, pale brown, slightly rugose.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Mozambique

    Maerua brunnescens Wild appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Bol. Soc. Brot., sér. 2, 32: 42 (1958)

    Accepted by

    • Brenan, J.P.M. (1970). Flora Zambesiaca 3(1): 1-153. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Exell, A.W. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1960). Flora Zambesiaca 1(1): 1-336. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Exell, A.W. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1960). Flora Zambesiaca 1(1): 1-336. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Sources

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

    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