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This species is accepted, and its native range is Congo to Kenya and S. Tropical Africa.
Kalanchoe lateritia

[FTEA]

Crassulaceae, G.E. Wickens. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1987

Morphology General Habit
Glandular-pubescent perennial; stem erect or somewhat decumbent at the base or prostrate, 0.2–1.5 m. high.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves subsessile to petiolate; blade ovate-oblong, obovate or subcircular, up to 16(–21) cm. long, 8(–12.5) cm. wide, apex obtuse, base cuneate, rarely truncate, margins crenate, crenulate or subentire; petioles 0.5–5 cm. long, flattened and grooved above, broadened at the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence up to 30 cm. long; pedicels 1–5 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx-lobes oblong-ovate to oblong-lanceolate, 3.5–9 mm. long, 1–2.5 mm. wide, attentuate, acute or subacute, connate at the base for 0.3–1.5 mm.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla red, reddish orange, salmon-pink or pale yellow, yellowish green or greenish in the lower part of the tube; tube 8.5–14.5 mm. long; lobes ovate or elliptic, 4.5–8 mm. long, (2–)3–6 mm. wide, attenuate or abruptly long-apiculate, mucronate (mucro 0.2–0.5 mm. long).
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens included; episepalous stamens 0.5–2.5 mm. below the epipetalous stamens, which are 0–1.5 mm. within the tube; anthers usually without apical glands, both whorls nearly the same size, oblong, 0.8–1 mm. long, 0.6–0.75 mm. wide.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Nectaries
Nectary scales linear, 1.2–3 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Carpels
Carpels linear-lanceolate, 5.5–10 mm. long, terminated by styles 1–2.5 mm. long.

[FZ]

Crassulaceae, R. Fernandes. Flora Zambesiaca 7:1. 1983

Morphology General Habit
A succulent perennial, pubescent-glandular throughout, 19-150 cm. high (incl. the inflorescence); hairs of the indumentum up to 1(1·5) mm. long, spreading, thin, capitate-glandular, ± dense, tawny to dark-brown or rusty-red on drying.
Morphology Stem
Stem erect, usually simple, sometimes forked into two ± long floriferous axes, 0·5-1·8 cm. in diameter at the base, terete, leafless at fruiting time; lower internodes (from below upwards) 0·3-7 cm. long, the median ones 6-15 cm. long, the two terminal ones usually very elongate, (12)18-29 cm. long.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves condensed towards the lower part of stem, there petiolate and spreading-decurved, the median and the upper ones usually rather scattered, distinctly smaller than the lower, sub-bract-like, shortly petiolate to subsessile, ascending; lamina of the lower leaves 3·5-16(21) x 3-10(12·5) cm., subcircular or broadly obovate, less than twice as long as broad, rounded or obtusely acuminate at the top, crenate or doubly crenate at margin, rounded or cuneate at the base, the others obovate-spathulate to linear-cuneate, nearly or quite entire, flat in all leaves and rather fleshy, not very thin and somewhat rigid, dark brown or dark green when dry; petiole 0·5-5 cm. long, channelled, rather broad.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers in ± dense cymes grouped either in a single ± dense small terminal corymb or in a larger looser one (up to 20 cm. in diameter) or sometimes in several corymbs disposed in thyrsoid or panicle-like inflorescences, very densely rusty-pubescent-glandular; pedicels 1-3·5(5) mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx (4)5-7(8) mm. long; tube (0·3)0·5-1(2) mm. long; sepals (1)1·5-2·5(3) mm. broad at the base, ovate-oblong to oblong-lanceolate, rarely ovate, ± attenuate, acute or subacute, green, lineolate with red.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla 13·5-17 mm. long; tube 8·5-14 mm. long, dilated at base, yellow-orange turning white-hyaline below and pale-pink upwards at fruiting; corolla-lobes 4·5-7(8·5) x 2-4·2 mm., ovate or elliptic, attenuate or abruptly contracted at the apex, long apiculate, usually orange-red or brilliant scarlet-orange to brick-red, rarely yellow.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Filaments ± 2·5 mm. long, insertedd above the middle of corolla-tube; anthers ± 0·75 mm. long, oblong, included.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Follicles (4)-6-8(9) mm. long, attenuate into the 0·75-2 mm. long styles.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds c. 1 x 0·33 mm., oblong-linear, longitudinally slightly ribbed, curved at the top.
Morphology General Scales
Scales 1·75-4 mm. long, linear.
Note
This description applies to var. lateritia, var. prostrata Raadts, with prostrate stem and glabrous leaves and stern, and var. pseudolateritia Raadts, with a slightly longer corolla-tube, were described from Kenya and Tanzania.

Native to:

Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Kalanchoe lateritia Engl. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Jan 1, 1976 Meller [s.n.], Malawi K000232917 Unknown type material
Jan 1, 1975 Brown, N.E. [s.n.] K000232916 Unknown type material
Jun 1, 1893 Holst, C. [2986], Tanzania K000232743 isolectotype
Smith, C. [s.n.], Congo K000232783 syntype

First published in Abh. Königl. Akad. Wiss. Berlin 1894: 19 (1894)

Accepted by

  • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.
  • Wickens, G.E. (1987). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Crassulaceae: 1-66.

Literature

Kew Backbone Distributions

  • Launert, E. (ed.) (1983). Flora Zambesiaca 7(1): 1-394. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Robyns, W. & al. (eds.) (1948-1963). Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi 1-10.
  • Sita, P. & Moutsambote, J.-M. (2005). Catalogue des plantes vasculaires du Congo, ed. sept. 2005: 1-158. ORSTOM, Centre de Brazzaville.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Bally in Journ. E. Afr. Nat. Hist. Soc. 15: 13 (1940).
  • Blundell, Wild Fl. Kenya: 31 (1982).
  • Engl., Die Pflanzenwelt Ost-Afrikas und der Nachbargebiete, Theile A: 18, 40 (1895).
  • Engl., Die Pflanzenwelt Ost-Afrikas und der Nachbargebiete, Theile C: 189 (1895)
  • Fries, Wiss. Ergebn. Schwed. Rhod.-Kongo Exped. 1: 59 (1916).
  • R. Fernandes in Flora Zambesiaca 7: 49 (1983).
  • Raadts in Willdenowia 8: 131 (1977).
  • Raym.-Hamet & Marn.-Lap. in Archiv. Mus. Nat. Hist. Nat. Paris, sér. 7, 8: 78, photo. 2/I, K, 27/89, 90 & 28/91 (1964).
  • Raym.-Hamet in Bol. Soc. Brot., sér. 2, 24: 97–98, t. 4(1950).
  • Toussaint in Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 2: 564 (1951).

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