1. Family: Moringaceae Martinov
    1. Genus: Moringa Adans.
      1. Moringa arborea Verdc.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is N. Kenya.

    [FTEA]

    Moringaceae, Bernard Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1986

    Habit
    Tree to 15 m., with smooth grey bark; shoots dark brown, glabrous, 8-10 mm. wide with round leaf-scars ± 7 mm. in diameter.
    Leaves
    Leaves not seen.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences subterminal, lax, some axes at least 15 cm. long, glabrous; total flower-stalks up to 3 cm. long but true pedicels ± 2 mm. beyond the joint.
    Receptacle
    Receptacle 1.5 mm. long, 4.5 mm. wide.
    Calyx
    Sepals pale pink, deeper at the base, narrowly oblong to oblong-lanceolate, 1.7-1.9 cm. long, 4.5-5 mm. wide, acute, drying brownish, finely pubescent outside save for median part.
    Corolla
    Petals cream, some bent, others straight, linear-oblong, 2 cm. long, 4.5 mm. wide or with part 8 × 4 mm. at apex and basal part 6 × 3.5 mm., finely pubescent at apex outside.
    Stamens
    Stamens white, decimate, 1.1-1.3 cm. long, with white anthers 3 mm. long; staminodes 7 mm. long; filaments of both stamens and staminodes densely hairy at the base, almost forming a hairy appendage.
    Pistil
    Ovary pink, oblong-ellipsoid, 2.5 mm. long on a stipe 3.5 mm. long; style 9 mm. long; all parts glabrous.
    Fruits
    Young pods greenish turning grey-brown; ripe pods 53-57 cm. long, 1.6-1.8 cm. wide, with 2 grooves on each valve.
    Seeds
    Seeds greenish; body ellipsoid-trigonous, 1.7 cm. long, 1 cm. wide, slightly rugose, with 3 prominent wings separated by distinct sinuses; overall length of seed 5.5 cm. long, 1.6 cm. wide.
    Figures
    Fig. 2/3, 11.
    Habitat
    Dried out river bed; 450 m.
    Distribution
    not known elsewhere but must occur in Ethiopia K1

    Images

    Distribution

    Moringa arborea Verdc. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jun 20, 1983 Bally [B14932], Kenya K000430128 holotype

    First published in Kew Bull. 40: 15 (1985)

    Accepted by

    • Edwards, S., Tadesse, M., Demissew, S. & Hedberg, I. (eds.) (2000). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 2(1): 1-532. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
    • Verdcourt, B. (1986). Flora of Tropical East Africa, Moringaceae: 1- 11.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Edwards, S., Tadesse, M., Demissew, S. & Hedberg, I. (eds.) (2000). Flora of Ethiopia and Eritrea 2(1): 1-532. The National Herbarium, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia & The Department of Systematic Botany, Upps.
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • Verdc. in Kew Bulletin 40: 15, fig. 2/A-F (1985).

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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