1. Family: Loranthaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Globimetula Tiegh.
      1. Globimetula rubripes (Engl.) Danser

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

    [FTEA]

    Loranthaceae, Polhill & D. Wiens. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1999

    Habit
    Twigs terete or elliptic in section, glabrous or scurfy on youngest parts; bark grey, rarely powdery.
    Leaves
    Leaves opposite or subopposite; petiole 5–30 mm. long; lamina leathery or slightly fleshy, glaucous, ± red flushed when young, elliptic-oblong, elliptic or ovate, 4–10 cm. long, 2–7.5 cm. wide, bluntly pointed at the apex, narrowly to broadly cuneate and slightly decurrent at the base; main lateral nerves 4–7 pairs, second to fourth strongly ascending, the well-separated upper ones more spreading, or in broad leaves all more regularly spreading.
    Inflorescences
    Umbels 1–3 in axils and at older leafless nodes; peduncle (2–)5–35 mm. long, sometimes with a few aborted buds below umbel; pedicels 3–9(–18), (2–)3–5 mm. long, glabrous or hairy; bract-cup 0.5–1 mm. long, with a triangular or bifid limb 0.5–1.5 mm. long.
    Receptacle
    Receptacle 1–1.2 mm. long.
    Calyx
    Calyx 0.3–0.7 mm. long.
    Corolla
    Corolla red or pink at the base, white or grey above, the apical swelling darkening in ripe buds, lobes green or whitish inside, 2.5–4.5 cm. long; apical swelling obovoid, ± truncate, pentagonal, slightly reduplicate, 2.5–3 mm. across; basal swelling ellipsoid, (3–)4–6 mm. long, (2.5–)3.5–4 mm. in diameter.
    Anthers
    Inner anther-thecae 2–4 mm. long; outer ones 0.5–2.5 mm.
    Pistil
    Style-constriction 2–4 mm. long; stigma peltate 1.2–1.5 mm. across.
    Fruits
    Berry obovoid-globose, 10–12 mm. long, 9–10 mm. in diameter, glaucous turning dull purple, slightly verruculose.
    Figures
    Fig. 12/9.
    Habitat
    Higher rainfall deciduous woodland, generally on Brachystegia or other legumes, also on Parinari; 900–1650 m.
    Distribution
    T2 T5 T7 T8
    [FZ]

    Flora Zambesiaca. Vol. 9, Part 3. Polygonaceae-Myriaceae. Pope GV, Polhill RM, Martins ES. 2006.

    Type
    Syntypes from Tanzania.
    Twigs
    Twigs terete or elliptic in section, glabrous or scurfy on youngest parts; bark grey, rarely powdery
    Inflorescences
    Umbels 1–3 in axils and at older leafless nodes; peduncle (2)5–35 mm long, sometimes with few aborted buds below the umbel; pedicels 3–9(18), (2)3–5 mm long; bract cup 0.5–1 mm long, with a triangular or bifid limb 0.5–1.5 mm long Umbels 1–3 in axils and at older leafless nodes; peduncle (2)5–35 mm long, sometimes with few aborted buds below the umbel; pedicels 3–9(18), (2)3–5 mm long; bract cup 0.5–1 mm long, with a triangular or bifid limb 0.5–1.5 mm long.
    Style
    Style constriction 2–4 mm long; stigma 1.2–1.5 mm across, peltate
    Ecology
    Higher rainfall miombo woodland and adjoining riverine associations around the southern end of Lake Tanganyika and the northern end of Lake Malawi; 600–1650 m; generally on Brachystegia or other legumes, flowering during the rains and a little before, October–March.
    Distribution
    Mozambique Malawi ZAM N, MAL N, MOZ Z Zambia Also in Angola and Tanzania.
    Habit
    Twigs terete or elliptic in section, glabrous or scurfy on youngest parts; bark grey, rarely powdery.
    Leaves
    Leaves opposite or subopposite; petiole 5–30 mm long; lamina leathery or slightly fleshy, glaucous, ± red flushed when young, 4–10 × 2–7.5 cm, elliptic-oblong, elliptic or ovate, bluntly pointed, narrowly to broadly cuneate and slightly decurrent at base; main lateral nerves 4–7 pairs, second to fourth strongly ascending, the well separated upper ones more spreading, or in broad leaves all more regularly spreading. Leaves opposite or subopposite; petiole 5–30 mm long; lamina leathery or slightly fleshy, glaucous, ± red flushed when young, 4–10 × 2–7.5 cm, elliptic.oblong, elliptic or ovate, bluntly pointed, narrowly to broadly cuneate and slightly decurrent at base; main lateral nerves 4–7 pairs, second to fourth strongly ascending, the well separated upper ones more spreading, or in broad leaves all more regularly spreading
    Receptacle
    Receptacle 1–1.2 mm long. Receptacle 1–1.2 mm long; calyx 0.3–0.7 mm long
    Calyx
    Calyx 0.3–0.7 mm long.
    Corolla
    Corolla red or pink at base, white or grey above, the apical swelling darkening in ripe buds, lobes green or whitish inside, 2.5–4.5 cm long; apical swelling 2.5–3 mm across, obovoid, ± truncate, pentagonal, slightly reduplicate; basal swelling (3)4–6 × (2.5)3.5–4 mm, ellipsoid. Corolla red or pink at base, white or grey above, the apical swelling darkening in ripe buds, lobes green or whitish inside, 2.5–4.5 cm long; apical swelling 2.5–3 mm across, obovoid, ± truncate, pentagonal, slightly reduplicate; basal swelling (3)4–6 × (2.5)3.5–4 mm, ellipsoid
    Anthers
    Inner anther thecae 2–4 mm long; outer ones 0.5–2.5 mm long. Inner anther thecae 2–4 mm long; outer ones 0.5–2.5 mm long
    Pistil
    Style constriction 2–4 mm long; stigma 1.2–1.5 mm across, peltate.
    Fruits
    Berry glaucous and turning dull purple, 10–12 × 9–10 mm, obovoid-globose, slightly verruculose. Berry glaucous and turning dull purple, 10–12 × 9–10 mm, obovoid-globose, slightly verruculose.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre

    Globimetula rubripes (Engl.) Danser appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jan 1, 1982 Stolz, A. [1614], Tanzania K000407013 Unknown type material
    Jan 1, 1982 Stolz, A. [1614], Tanzania K000407014 Unknown type material
    Jan 1, 1982 Stolz, A. [1616], Tanzania K000407015
    Jan 1, 1982 Stolz, A. [1616], Tanzania K000407016
    Milne-Redhead, E. [8562], Tanzania 17474.000
    Congdon, T.C.E. [129], Tanzania 52374.000

    First published in Verh. Kon. Akad. Wetensch., Afd. Natuurk., Sect. 2, 29(6): 55 (1933)

    Accepted by

    • Figueiredo, E. & Smith, G.F. (2008). Plants of Angola Strelitzia 22: 1-279. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Pope, G.V., Polhill, R.M. & Martins, E.S. (eds.) (2006). Flora Zambesiaca 9(3): 1-277. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS G: 1-40325.
    • Polhill, R.M. & Wiens, D. (1998). Mistletoes of Africa: 1-370. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Flora Zambesiaca
    • F.T.E.A., Loranthaceae: 80, 12/9 (1999). TAB. 36, fig. C.
    • Polhill & Wiens, Mistletoes Afr.: 215, photo. 92, fig. 21D (1998)
    • Verh. K. Akad. Wet., sect. 2, 29, 6: 55 (1933).
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Polh. & Wiens, Mistletoes Afr.: 215, photo. 92, fig. 21D (1998).
    • Danser in Verh. K. Akad. Wet., sect. 2, 29(6): 55 (1933).

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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