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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tropical Africa.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

Caricaceae, F. K. Kupicha. Flora Zambesiaca 4. 1978

Morphology General Habit
Monoecious trees armed with short conical spines, all parts exuding abundant latex when wounded.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves palmately lobed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences axillary, the male many-flowered panicles, the female of solitary flowers or short few-flowered racemes.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flowers: calyx cupuliform, entire; petals 5, free, oblong-acute, valvate; androecium absent; stigmas 5, free above but connate at the base, linear-oblong, entire, swollen, patent-erect, velvety-papillose all round; ovary ovoid, 5-locular, the numerous ovules borne at the outer angles of the dissepiments. Male flowers: calyx cupuliform, obsoletely 3–5-denticulate; corolla tube cylindrical, with 5 lobes shorter than the tube, their aestivation contorted; stamens 10 in 2 whorls in the mouth of the corolla tube, connate into a ring at the base; alternipetalous anthers borne on short filaments, oppositipetalous ones almost sessile; anthers linear-lanceolate, apiculate, introrse; rudimentary gynoecium present, comprising a small solid hemispherical ovary produced into a slender cerete style.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit a subpentagonal, 5-locular, many-seeded berry, the locules not filled with pulp.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds with fleshy testa ornamented with a prominent cristate keel and irregular longitudinal interrupted cristate ribs; endosperm copious.

[FTEA]

Caricaceae, J. H. Hemsley. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1958

Morphology General Habit
Trees armed with short prickles; wood white and soft
Morphology Leaves
Leaves palmately lobed
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences axillary
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers dioecious or ? monoecious Female flowers larger than ♂; calyx cupuliform; corolla-lobes ± valvate and free to base, fleshy; ovary ± ovoid and ± pentagonal in section, 5-locular; ovules inserted in angle of dissepiment and ovary-wall (see Fig. 1/9); style very short; stigmas simple, ± fleshy, slightly connate at base Male flowers with small cupular calyx; corolla-lobes much shorter than tube; episepalous stamens 5, longer than the 5 epipetalous ones; filaments inserted in throat of corolla, connate near base
sex Male
Male flowers with small cupular calyx; corolla-lobes much shorter than tube; episepalous stamens 5, longer than the 5 epipetalous ones; filaments inserted in throat of corolla, connate near base
sex Female
Female flowers larger than ♂; calyx cupuliform; corolla-lobes ± valvate and free to base, fleshy; ovary ± ovoid and ± pentagonal in section, 5-locular; ovules inserted in angle of dissepiment and ovary-wall (see Fig. 1/9); style very short; stigmas simple, ± fleshy, slightly connate at base
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit baccate, 5-angled; seeds ± ovoid with a dorsal ridge; surface with irregular raised striae; cotyledons flattened and foliaceous; radicle superior.

Native to:

Cameroon, Central African Repu, Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Nigeria, Tanzania

Cylicomorpha Urb. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 30: 115 (1901)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • in Engl. Bot. Jahrb. 30: 115 (1901).

Flora Zambesiaca

  • Harms in Engl. & Prantl, Pflanzenfam. ed. 2, 21: 519 (1925).
  • in Engl., Bot. Jahrb. 30: 115 (1901).

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Harms in E. & P.Pf., ed. 2, 21 : 519 (1925)
  • in E.J. 30 : 115 (1901)

Flora Zambesiaca
Flora Zambesiaca
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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