1. Family: Polygonaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Harpagocarpus Hutch. & Dandy
      1. Harpagocarpus snowdenii Hutch. & Dandy

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Cameroon to South Sudan and E. Tanzania.

    [FWTA]

    Polygonaceae, Hutchinson and Dalziel. Flora of West Tropical Africa 1:1. 1954

    Habit
    A "Rumex-like" plant, weakly erect or scandent, to 3 ft. high
    Flowers
    Flowers green
    Fruits
    Fruits with red or purple barbed setae.
    [FTEA]

    Polygonaceae, R. A. Graham. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1958

    Habit
    A perennial, rather weak, branched, climbing herb, nearly glabrous throughout.
    Stem
    Stems greenish-brown.
    Ocrea
    Ocreae brown, papery, obliquely truncate, 4–6 (–8) mm. long.
    Leaves
    Leaves sagittate, the lower ones broadly ovate-triangular, up to 9.3 × 5 cm., acutely acuminate, the upper more lanceolate, sometimes narrowly so, up to 15 × 3.3 cm.; glabrous above, paler green and shortly and sparsely setose on the midrib and veins below.
    Petiole
    Petioles slender, variable in length, sometimes considerably exceeding the lamina.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence slender, branched, racemose, axillary and terminal; the flowers borne singly or in pairs, erect-spreading at first, later pendant.
    Bracts
    Bracts 1.5–2 mm. long, membranous, truncate, 0.5–2 cm. apart.
    Pedicel
    Pedicels filiform, 2–3 mm. long.
    Tepal
    Tepals 5, yellowish, unequal, connate towards the base, 2.5–3.5 × 2–2.5 mm., obovate, terminally rounded, later ± appressed to the fruit.
    Stamens
    Anthers orange, ± rounded; filaments filiform, 1 mm. long.
    Ovary
    Ovary ovoid-ellipsoid, trigonous.
    Fruits
    Ripe fruit 6–8 × 4 mm., light orange-brown, shining, with two rows of purple setae up to 2 mm. long down the angles, each seta terminating in 2–4 reflexed, stellate barbs of unequal length, not exceeding 0.4 mm. long.
    Figures
    Fig. 1/4–6, p. 2.
    Habitat
    Among undergrowth and shrubs in or at the edge of upland rain-forest; 1350–2400 m.
    Distribution
    K4 T6 U2 U3

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Burundi, Cameroon, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zaïre

    Harpagocarpus snowdenii Hutch. & Dandy appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jun 27, 2008 Katende [2257], Uganda K000449608
    Nov 1, 2003 Cheek, M. [10431], Cameroon Fagopyrum snowdenii K000198128
    Dec 1, 2000 Munyenyembe, P. [710], Cameroon Fagopyrum snowdenii K000746952
    Nov 1, 2000 Etuge, M. [3442], Cameroon Fagopyrum snowdenii K000746957
    Nov 1, 2000 Zapfack, L. [1062], Cameroon Fagopyrum snowdenii K000746955
    Nov 1, 2000 Buzgo, M. [590], Cameroon Fagopyrum snowdenii K000746951
    May 1, 1999 Etuge, M. [2259], Cameroon Fagopyrum snowdenii K000746956
    May 1, 1999 Zapfack, L. [759], Cameroon Fagopyrum snowdenii K000746953
    Snowden, J.D. [946], Uganda Fagopyrum snowdenii K000662627 Unknown type material
    Snowden, J.D. [s.n.], Uganda Fagopyrum snowdenii K000662628 Unknown type material
    Snowden, J.D. [946], Uganda Fagopyrum snowdenii K001290415 Unknown type material

    First published in Bull. Misc. Inform. Kew 1926: 364 (1926)

    Accepted by

    • Graham, R.A. (1958). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Polygonaceae: 1-40.
    • Hutchinson, J., Dalziel, J.M. & Keay, R.W.J. (1954-1958). Flora of West Tropical Africa, ed. 2, 1: 1-828.
    • Robyns, W. & al. (eds.) (1948-1963). Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi 1-10.

    Literature

    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    • in Kew Bull. 1926: 363, with fig.
    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Darbyshire, I., Kordofani, M., Farag, I., Candiga, R. & Pickering, H. (eds.) (2015). The Plants of Sudan and South Sudan: 1-400. Kew publishing, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
    • Hutchinson, J., Dalziel, J.M. & Keay, R.W.J. (1954-1958). Flora of West Tropical Africa, ed. 2, 1: 1-828.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Keay in Flora of West Tropical Africa, ed. 2, 1: 140 (1954).
    • Robyns, Flore du Congo Belge et du Ruanda-Urundi, 1: 423 (1948).
    • Hutch. & Dandy in Bulletin of Miscellaneous Information, Kew 1926: 363 (1926).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    Flora of West Tropical Africa
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
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