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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Tropical & S. Africa to Madagascar.

[FZ]

Apocynaceae, A. J. M. Leeuwenberg & F. K. Kupicha et al. Flora Zambesiaca 7:2. 1985

Morphology General Habit
Tendrillous lianes or low shrubs.
Morphology General Exudate
Latex present.
Morphology General Spines
Spines absent.
Morphology Leaves Stipules
Stipules absent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Cymes grouped into long terminal panicles with sensitive branches.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx lobes imbricate, united at the base.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla hypocrateriform; tube usually pubescent on outer surface, lobes contorted, overlapping to the left, fringed with white hairs.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens inserted in the lower half of the corolla tube; filaments very short, anthers introrse, dorsifixed, with carina.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary hairy, uni- or bilocular, placentation axile or parietal with very prominent placentae, ovules ∞.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Style glabrous; clavuncle cylindrical or ovoid; stigma bifid but with arms connivent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit a many-seeded berry with densely velutinous surface; sclerified layer absent; pulp edible.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds endospermous, firmly embedded in the placental pulp.

[FTEA]

Apocynaceae, E.A. Omino. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2002

Morphology General Habit
Sarmentose shrubs or lianas, at least partly with a rusty brown indumentum, with large curled tendrils; latex present
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite, petiolate, exstipulate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a long terminal panicle, with sensitive branches, these later becoming climbing hooks
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers sweet-scented
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals green, often seemingly rusty brown by indumentum, usually without colleters
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla white or nearly so; tube narrow, often thickened above the stamens, glabrous or pubescent outside; corolla lobes overlapping to the left, fringed with white hairs
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens deeply included, inserted at the lower quarter of the tube; anthers narrowly triangular, cordate at the base, keeled along the back, glabrous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary unilocular, hairy, abruptly narrowed into the style; pistil head of a subglobose or cylindrical stigmatic basal part and a short, bilobed stigmoid apex
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit a berry, yellow to red, globose or pear-shaped or nearly so, rounded at the apex, softly velutinous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seed with horny endosperm, surrounding the embryo.

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Morphology General Habit
Shrubs or lianes, with tendrils formed from hooked inflorescence branches; latex white
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers sweetly scented, in cymes grouped into long terminal panicles with sensitive branches
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla salver-shaped; lobes overlapping to the left in bud, fringed with hairs
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corona
Corona absent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens inserted in the lower half of the corolla-tube; anthers keeled on the back
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary hairy, 1-celled; ovules numerous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style with cylindrical to subglobose head
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit a densely pubescent berry.
Distribution
Genus of seven species, all in Africa and one also in Madagascar.
Note
The generic name has sometmes been corrected to Ancylobotrys, but the original spelling is used here.

Native to:

Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina, Burundi, Cabinda, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, Central African Repu, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Northern Provinces, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Introduced into:

Mauritius

Ancylobothrys Pierre appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Bull. Mens. Soc. Linn. Paris, n.s., 1: 91 (1898)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 1-529. MIM, Deurne.
  • Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • Pichon in Mém. I.F.A.N. 35: 272 (1953).
  • in Bull. Soc. Linn. Paris, n. sér.: 91 (1898), as Ancylobothrys

Flora Zambesiaca

  • Pichon in Mém. Inst. Fr. Afr. Noire 35: 272 (1953).
  • in Bull. Soc. Linn. Paris, N.S. 1: 91 (1898).

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 3, (2006) Author: by M. Thulin [updated by M. Thulin 2008]
  • Vonk, Leeuwenberg & Haegens in Wageningen Agric. Univ. Papers 94(3): 1–44 (1994).

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Pichon in Mém. I.F.A.N. 35: 272 (1953) (both as Ancylobothrys)
  • Vonk, Leeuwenberg & Haegens in Wageningen Agric. Univ. Pap. 94 (3): 4–44 (1994)
  • in Bull. Soc. Linn. Paris sér. 2: 91 (1898)

Flora Zambesiaca
Flora Zambesiaca
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Flora of Somalia
Flora of Somalia
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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