1. Family: Celastraceae R.Br.
    1. Genus: Maytenus Molina
      1. Maytenus procumbens (L.f.) Loes.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Mozambique to S. Africa.

    [FZ]

    Celastraceae, N. K. Robson. Flora Zambesiaca 2:2. 1966

    Habit
    Shrub or small tree up to 6 m. high, sometimes bushy or scandent or drooping or ± procumbent (in S. Africa), unarmed, glabrous, without latex; branches lined when young, becoming terete.
    Leaves
    Leaves not fasciculate, petiolate; lamina pale green, concolorous, (1)3–6·6 × (1)1·3–3·1(4) cm., oblong or elliptic to obovate or oblanceolate, acute to obtuse or rounded at the apex, with margin reflexed, indurated, bearing 3–5 spinulose glandular denticles on each side or subentire, cuneate-angustate at the base, coriaceous, with c. 6 lateral nerves prominent on both sides or obsolete; petiole (1·5)2–4 mm. long.
    Inflorescences
    Cymes fasciculate, sessile, in axil of foliage leaves; pedicels 3–10 mm. long, articulated c. 1/5–1/3 above the base; flowers c. 2–10 in each fascicle, 3–4 mm. in diam.
    Calyx
    Sepals 5, unequal, 1–1·5 mm. long, ovate, rounded.
    Corolla
    Petals white, 1–2(3) mm. long, oblong to elliptic, sessile, with margin subentire, ± crisped.
    Stamens
    Stamens 5, with filaments c. 1 mm. long, slightly flattened, inserted within the outer margin of the disk.
    Disc
    Disk subentire, flat except for thin free upturned margin.
    Pistil
    Ovary 3-locular, subglobose, c. 1/3-immersed in the disk; style almost absent; stigma capitate or very shortly 3-lobed.
    Fruits
    Capsule bright yellow to orange or orange-brown, 4–5 mm. long, obovoid or subglobose to 3-gonous or shallowly 3-lobed, with lobes rounded or keeled, smooth, dry.
    Seeds
    Seeds orange-brown, completely enclosed by an aril.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Cape Provinces, KwaZulu-Natal, Mozambique

    Maytenus procumbens (L.f.) Loes. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in H.G.A.Engler, Nat. Pflanzenfam. ed. 2, 20b: 140 (1942)

    Accepted by

    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Exell, A.W., Fernandes, A. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1966). Flora Zambesiaca 2(2): 353-653. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Exell, A.W., Fernandes, A. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1966). Flora Zambesiaca 2(2): 353-653. 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