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This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Ethiopia to Kenya.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

Dioscoreaceae, E. Milne-Redhead. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1975

Morphology General Habit
Tuber perennial, much compressed with a flat base and an obscurely lobed edge.
Morphology Stem
Twining stems up to 1.5 m. long, glabrous.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate or rarely subopposite; petiole up to 5 cm. long; blade ovate-cordate, narrowed to an acute scarcely acuminate apex and with rounded basal lobes, up to 6 cm. long and 4 cm. broad.
Vegetative Multiplication Tubers
Aerial tubers apparently absent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences glabrous. Male 1 per leaf-axil, very variable in length, from less than 1 cm. to 14 cm. long, with single shortly pedicellate flowers or short 2–4-flowered cymules at each node, apically appearing paniculate as the cymules arise in the axils of bracts; perianth spreading, ± 5 mm. across; segments elliptic, the inner rather broader. Stamens 3; staminodes 3, shorter than the stamens, filiform. Female inflorescence 1 per leaf-axil, up to 1.5 cm. long, 2-flowered; perianth spreading, ± 6 mm. across. Ovary ± 1 cm. long.
sex Male
Male 1 per leaf-axil, very variable in length, from less than 1 cm. to 14 cm. long, with single shortly pedicellate flowers or short 2–4-flowered cymules at each node, apically appearing paniculate as the cymules arise in the axils of bracts; perianth spreading, ± 5 mm. across; segments elliptic, the inner rather broader. Stamens 3; staminodes 3, shorter than the stamens, filiform.
sex Female
Female inflorescence 1 per leaf-axil, up to 1.5 cm. long, 2-flowered; perianth spreading, ± 6 mm. across. Ovary ± 1 cm. long.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule as in fig. 1/1, p. 4, with parallel nerves extending from the suture towards the axis, probably not reflexed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds (fig. 1/1a, b) without a wing.
Habitat
Acacia, Commiphora scrub; 450–1020 m.
Distribution
K1 K4

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya

Dioscorea gillettii Milne-Redh. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Gillett, J.B. [14137], Kenya K000098500 holotype
Gillett, J.B. [14137], Kenya K000098501
Gilbert, M.G. [8245], Ethiopia K001146653
Friis, I. [943], Ethiopia K001146655
Gilbert, M.G. [123], Ethiopia K001146658
Ash, J. [2418], Ethiopia K001146651
Ash, J. [2418], Ethiopia K001146650
Ash, J. [2933], Ethiopia K001146654
Thulin, M. [3445], Ethiopia K001146661
Ash, J. [2418], Ethiopia K001146652
Friis, I. [3630], Ethiopia K001146656
Kirika, P. [SFLP04/30/06], Kenya K001147462
Friis, I. [2974], Ethiopia K001146660
Thulin, M. [3554], Ethiopia K001146657
Friis, I. [2809], Ethiopia K001146659

First published in Kew Bull. 17: 177 (1963)

Accepted by

  • Demissew, S. & Nordal, I. (2010). Aloes and other Lilies of Ethiopia and Eritrea, ed, 2: 1-351. Shama Books, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
  • Govaerts, R. (2000). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS D: 1-30141.
  • Govaerts, R., Wilkin, P. & Saunders, R.M.K. (2007). World Checklist of Dioscoreales. Yams and their allies: 1-65. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

Literature

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Milne-Redh. in Kew Bulletin 17: 177 (1963).

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
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