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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Kenya to S. Africa, W. Indian Ocean, Tropical Asia to SW. Pacific.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

Celastraceae, N.K.B. Robson, N. Hallé, B. Mathew and R. Blakelock†. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1994

Morphology General Habit
Trees or shrubs, without latex, glabrous
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite, petiolate; stipules very small, triangular, free, tardily deciduous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence pedunculate, (1–)few-flowered, cymose, usually regularly dichasial, simple, axillary, single or paired; bracts persistent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers bisexual or rarely unisexual, pedicellate, with pedicels articulated in the lower third
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals (4–)5, equal, imbricate, united at the base
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals (4–)5, greenish, imbricate in bud, spreading
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens (4–)5, with filaments united with base of disc; anthers sub-basifixed, introrse, with separate thecae dehiscing longitudinally
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disc intrastaminal, single, flat or concave, somewhat fleshy (4–)5-lobed
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary superior, sessile, 2-locular becoming 1-locular by abortion, with 2–8 erect ovules in 2 rows in the fertile locule; style simple, sometimes very short, becoming lateral in fruit due to development of only 1 locule; stigma unlobed
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit drupaceous, dry, 1-locular, with thin pericarp
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 1(–2), with endosperm.

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Trees or shrubs, without latex, glabrous.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite, petiolate; stipules very small, free, tardily deciduous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence pedunculate, (1-) few-flowered, cymose, usually regularly dichasial, simple, single or paired in leaf axil; bracts persistent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers bisexual or rarely unisexual, pedicellate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals (4)5, imbricate, united at the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals (4)5, greenish, imbricate in bud.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disk intra-staminal, single, flat or concave, somewhat fleshy, (4)5-lobed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens (4)5, with filaments united with base of disk; anthers sub-basifixed, introrse, with separate thecae dehiscing longitudinally.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary superior, sessile, 2-locular becoming 1-locular by abortion, with 2-8 erect ovules in 2 rows in the fertile loculus; style simple, sometimes very short, becoming lateral in fruit due to development of only 1 loculus; stigma unlobed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit drupaceous, dry, 1-locular, with thin pericarp.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 1(2), exarillate.

Native to:

Angola, Cape Provinces, Hainan, India, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Laccadive Is., Madagascar, Malawi, Malaya, Mauritius, Mozambique, New Caledonia, New Guinea, Northern Provinces, Philippines, Queensland, Rodrigues, Rwanda, Réunion, Sri Lanka, Swaziland, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Pleurostylia Wight & Arn. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Chapman [7960], Malawi K000438430

First published in Prodr. Fl. Ind. Orient. 1: 157 (1834)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R., Nic Lughadha, E., Black, N., Turner, R. & Paton, A. (2021). The World Checklist of Vascular Plants, a continuously updated resource for exploring global plant diversity. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-021-00997-6 Scientific Data 8: 215.

Literature

Flora Zambesiaca

  • Prodr. Fl. Penins. Ind. Or. 1: 157 (1834).

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Prodr. Fl. Pen. Ind. Or. 1: 157 (1834)

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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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