1. Family: Amaranthaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Sericorema Lopr.
      1. Sericorema remotiflora (Hook.) Lopr.

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

    [FZ]

    Amaranthaceae, C. C. Townsend. Flora Zambesiaca 9:1. 1988

    Habit
    Plant much-branched, rounded and rather bushy, probably a perennial flowering in the first year, 0.4–1 m. tall; stem and branches slender and wiry, terete, young parts green and somewhat floccose to sublanate at least when young (usually soon glabrescent), older cortex brownish-yellow and the base frequently purplish.
    Leaves
    Leaves linear-acicular, subterete, 6–32 × 0.5–1 mm., mucronate, glabrous or more rarely somewhat floccose, straight or somewhat recurved, usually with axillary short shoots or leaf-fascicles and tufts of floccose hairs.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence much elongating at maturity (up to c. 25 cm. but commonly less), the axis glabrous to floccose; partial inflorescences finally distant (to c. 1 cm. apart), of a single central fertile flower with a modified sterile flower on each side, the lateral brushes of hairs brown to whitish.
    Bracts
    Bracts ovate-lanceolate, 4 –; 5 mm. long, scarious, glabrous and more or less floccose along the green, slightly excurrent midrib, more or less patent after fruit-fall.
    Bracteoles
    Bracteoles of partial inflorescence 4–5 mm. long, deltoid-ovate, finally deeply concave with the midrib bent at c. 90 degrees to accommodate the sterile modified flowers when mature, glabrous to slightly floccose, shortly mucronate with the excurrent midrib.
    Flowers
    Flowers white to dull yellow or greenish.
    Tepal
    Tepals all narrowly lanceolate, tapering from base to apex and straight-sided, of similar length (c. 8–10 mm. long) but the inner progressively narrower, hyaline-margined, the firm portion 3-nerved with the lateral pair of nerves evanescent but the midrib excurrent in a short but sharp and rigid, straight arista, all more or less floccose with frequently longer fine hairs intermixed.
    Ovary
    Ovary subglobular or obovoid, c. 2.25–2.5 mm. long, with a densely lanate apex.
    Stamens
    Stamens c. 6–7 mm. long at anthesis, finally subequalling the perianth, white or pinkish; anthers very long and narrow, c. 4 mm. long, exceeding the filaments at anthesis.
    Infructescences
    Fruiting partial inflorescence forming a fluffy ball c. 1.5–2 cm. in diam.
    Fruits
    Fruit oblong-ovoid, c. 3.25–3.5 mm. long, densely lanate in the upper half or rather more; seed 3–3.25 mm. in diam., brown, smooth and shining.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Botswana, Cape Provinces, Free State, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Zimbabwe

    Sericorema remotiflora (Hook.) Lopr. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Burke [185], South Africa K000243579 Unknown type material

    First published in Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 27: 40 (1899)

    Accepted by

    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Launert, E. (ed.) (1988). Flora Zambesiaca 9(1): 1-179. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Launert, E. (ed.) (1988). Flora Zambesiaca 9(1): 1-179. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Sources

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