1. Family: Pandaceae Engl. & Gilg
    1. Microdesmis Planch.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tropical Africa, Tropical Asia.

    [FTEA]

    Pandaceae, A. R.-Smith. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1988

    Habit
    Dioecious trees or shrubs
    Leaves
    Leaves alternate, distichous, simple, entire to serrate, mucronulate, often unequal at the base, finely pellucid-punctate, petiolate; stipules small, generally persistent
    Buds
    Terminal bud often claw-like
    Male
    Male flowers in dense many-flowered axillary or supraaxillary fascicles or abbreviated racemes; bracts minute; calyx 5-partite or lobed, slightly imbricate; petals larger than the calyx-lobes, contorted or imbricate in bud, flattened; disc 0; stamens 5, uniseriate, opposite the sepals (in Africa) or 10, biseriate, outer ones opposite the sepals (in Asia), equal; filaments short, broad or thick, ensconced between and free from or adnate to the lobes of the pistillode; anthers with the connective produced or not; staminodes 0; pistillode pentagonal at the base, subcylindric at the apex (in Africa)
    Flowers
    Female flowers usually in fewer-flowered fascicles than ♂; calyx and petals as in ♂; glands at the base of the sepals; petals caducous; disc 0; ovary 2–5-locular, with 1 ovule per locule, fleshy; styles 2–5, bipartite, laciniate-papillose, spreading Male flowers in dense many-flowered axillary or supraaxillary fascicles or abbreviated racemes; bracts minute; calyx 5-partite or lobed, slightly imbricate; petals larger than the calyx-lobes, contorted or imbricate in bud, flattened; disc 0; stamens 5, uniseriate, opposite the sepals (in Africa) or 10, biseriate, outer ones opposite the sepals (in Asia), equal; filaments short, broad or thick, ensconced between and free from or adnate to the lobes of the pistillode; anthers with the connective produced or not; staminodes 0; pistillode pentagonal at the base, subcylindric at the apex (in Africa)
    Female
    Female flowers usually in fewer-flowered fascicles than ♂; calyx and petals as in ♂; glands at the base of the sepals; petals caducous; disc 0; ovary 2–5-locular, with 1 ovule per locule, fleshy; styles 2–5, bipartite, laciniate-papillose, spreading
    Fruits
    Fruits drupaceous, ovoid or subglobose and smooth in the fresh state, ± smooth, verrucose or muricate when dry; endocarp woody, fairly thin, tubercled or muricate, dark coloured
    Seeds
    Seeds broadly ovate, flattened or curved; testa crustaceous, shiny.10 species, of which 2 are Asiatic, the rest African.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Benin, Borneo, Cabinda, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Repu, China South-Central, China Southeast, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Gulf of Guinea Is., Hainan, Ivory Coast, Laos, Liberia, Malaya, Myanmar, Nigeria, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Sumatera, Thailand, Togo, Uganda, Vietnam, Zaïre

    Microdesmis Planch. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    May 1, 1975 Letouzey, R. [13668], Cameroon K000181293
    Maitland, T.D. [779], Cameroon K000181294
    Thomas, D.W. [7590], Cameroon K000181288
    Etuge, M. [190], Cameroon K000181283
    Nemba, J. [90], Cameroon K000181287

    First published in Hooker's Icon. Pl. 8: t. 758 (1848)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    • —F.T.A. 6, 1: 741
    • Pax & K. Hoffm. in Engl. Pflanzenr. Euph. 3: 105 (1911).
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • in F.C.B. 8: 102 (1962)
    • J. Léon, in B.J.B.B. 31: 159 (1961)
    • Hutch. in F.T.A. 6 (1): 741 (1912)
    • in E.P. IV. 147(3): 105 (1911)
    • Pax in E. & P. Pf. 3(5): 82 (1890)
    • G.P. 3: 287 (1880)
    • Muell. Arg. in DC., Prodr. 15(2): 1041 (1866)
    • in Hook., Ic. Pl. 8, t. 758 (1848)

    Sources

    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 2018. 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 2018. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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