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This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania to Northern Prov.

[FZ]

Rubiaceae, B. Verdcourt. Flora Zambesiaca 5:1. 1989

Morphology General Habit
Shrub or tree 1.5–9 m. tall with glabrous branches and smooth grey bark.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves 3.5–16.5 x 1–8 cm., elliptic to elliptic-oblanceolate, oblanceolate or very narrowly oblong-elliptic, acute to acuminate at the apex, sometimes the actual apex narrowly rounded, narrowly cuneate at the base, usually glabrous but sometimes with scattered ± bristly hairs on midrib beneath, rather thin to thinly coriaceous; domatia lacking or inconspicuous; petiole 2–2.5 cm. long; stipules 0.5–1.7 cm. long, ovate, acuminate, acute or obtuse, glabrous or ciliate, soon falling.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences much-branched, 3–12 x 4.5–12 cm.; lower bracts up to 2 mm. long; peduncle 3.5–9.5 cm. long, glabrous; pedicels obsolete or up to 1 mm. long, up to 9 mm. in fruit; inflorescence-axes glabrous or shortly pubescent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx tube 0.8 mm. long, obconic; limb 0.5–0.75 mm. long, cupuliform, subtruncate or with short broad teeth.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla pale yellow or white; tube 2.5–4 mm. long; lobes 1–1.5 x 0.8 mm. triangular.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens Filaments
Filaments 0.4 mm. long in short-styled flowers, the anthers just exserted, included in long-styled flowers.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Style 0.6–1.5 mm. long in short-styled flowers, exserted about 1 mm. in long-styled flowers; stigmatic lobes 0.3–0.6 mm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruits yellow to orange (immature?) to crimson-red, subglobose, 5–6 mm. long, drying very ribbed; pyrenes semi-globose with 4–5 ribs on convex face, the other face flat.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds similar, the albumen conspicuously ruminate.

[FTEA]

Rubiaceae, B. Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1976

Morphology General Habit
Shrub or small tree 0.8–3.6(–? 6) m. tall; stems glabrous.
Morphology Leaves
Leaf-blades elliptic, oblong-elliptic or slightly obovate-elliptic, 3–18 cm. long, 1–8 cm. wide, acute or very sharply acuminate at the apex, narrowly cuneate at the base, glabrous above and beneath or with hairs along the edges of the midrib, rather thinly coriaceous; nodules absent; domatia absent or inconspicuous; petiole 0.7–2.5 cm. long, glabrous or with few scattered hairs; stipules elliptic or obovate, 0.4–2.2 cm. long, obtuse, glabrous or with some marginal hairs, deciduous.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers heterostylous, 5-merous, in branched panicles which are often reflexed, 2.5–20 cm. long; peduncles 3–12 cm. long, glabrous or sparsely pubescent; secondary branches 2–3.5 cm. long, ± pubescent; pedicels obsolete or up to 2 mm. long; main bracts 2–6 mm. long, clasping the peduncle and ± forming an involucre, ± lobed, ± ferruginous hairy as are most of the axils of the inflorescence-branches; other bracts and bracteoles small or minute.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx-tube obconic, ± 1 mm. long; limb ± 1 mm. long; lobes triangular, 0.25–0.5 mm. long, with some reddish marginal hairs.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla white, glabrous or rarely shortly puberulous outside; tube 3–6 mm. long; lobes oblong-elliptic, 1.7–2.5 mm. long, 0.8–1.1 mm. wide, appendaged at the apex.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens exserted ± 0.5–1 mm. in short-styled flowers, included in long-styled flowers.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Style in short-styled flowers 1.5–2.5(–3.5) mm. long; stigma-lobes 0.5–1 mm. long; exserted about 1 mm. in long-styled flowers.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Drupes red, with 2 pyrenes, subglobose, ± 5 mm. in diameter, strongly grooved in the dry state, glabrous; pyrenes semiglobose, 4.5 mm. long and wide, 2 mm. thick, 4–5-grooved on the dorsal surface.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds 3.5 mm. long and wide, 1.8 mm. thick; ventral face plane, dorsal face obtusely ribbed; albumen conspicuously ruminate.

Native to:

Malawi, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Psychotria zombamontana (Kuntze) E.M.A.Petit appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Nov 21, 1984 White, F. [2716], Zambia K000285156
Nov 21, 1984 White, F. [2716], Zambia K000285197
May 6, 1984 Balkwill, K. [1610], South Africa K000285168
Feb 1, 1965 Hopkins, J.C. [7086], Zimbabwe K000285161
Jan 1, 1692 Kirk, J. [s.n.], Malawi K000412304 holotype
Fanshawe, D.B. [F11535], Zambia K000285157
Thompson, S.A. [5662], Malawi K000285162
Chapman, J.D. [9449], Malawi K000285163
Pawek, J. [9107], Malawi K000285164
Grosvenor, R.K. [s.n.], Mozambique K000285166
Muller, T. [1458], Mozambique K000285167
Cooper, K.H. [8399], South Africa K000285169
Patel, H. [7268], Mozambique K000545227
Carter [2073], Zimbabwe K000285160
Timberlake, J. [5194], Mozambique K000613922
Koning, D. de [7393], Mozambique K000285165
Smith, R. [5905], Zambia K000285158
Timberlake, J. [6016], Malawi K000614725
Timberlake, J. [5469b], Mozambique K000614464
Harris, T. [624], Mozambique K000614211
Goldsmith, B. [78/69], Zimbabwe K000285159
Meeuse, A.D.J. [9421], South Africa K000285170
Jan 1, 1961 Richards, H.M. [6499], Tanzania Psychotria meridianomontana K000412278 holotype
Brenan, J.P.M. [8207], Tanzania Psychotria meridianomontana 27445.000
Robson, N.K.B. [347], Zambia Psychotria meridianomontana K000412305 holotype

First published in Bull. Jard. Bot. État Bruxelles 34: 86 (1964)

Accepted by

  • Calane da Silva, M., Izdine, S. & Amuse, A.B. (2004). A Preliminary Checklist of the Vascular Plants of Mozambique: 1-184. SABONET, Pretoria.
  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • Strugnell, A.M. (2006). A checklist of the Spermatophytes of Mt. Mulanje, Malawi Scripta Botanica Belgica 34: 1-199.
  • Timberlake, J.R., Bayliss, J., Alves, T., Francisco, J., Harris, T., Nangoma, D. & de Sousa, C. (2009). Biodiversity and Conservation of Mchese Mountain, Malawi. Report produced under the Darwin Initiative Award 15/036: 1-71. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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