1. Family: Putranjivaceae Endl. ex Meisn.
    1. Genus: Drypetes Vahl
      1. Drypetes mossambicensis Hutch.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Tropical & S. Africa.

    [FZ]

    Euphorbiaceae, A. Radcliffe-Smith. Flora Zambesiaca 9:4. 1996

    Male
    Male flowers: pedicels c. 4 mm long, minutely puberulous; sepals 4(5), somewhat unequal, 2.5–3 × 1–2 mm, usually ± ovate, rounded at the apex, fulvous- or ferrugineous-tomentellous at the apex without, glabrous within, pale lime-green; stamens 6–10, enclosed by the disk folds, 2.5–3 mm long, anthers 1.2 mm long; disk 2.5 mm across, more or less acetabuliform, plicate, with as many marginal folds as stamens, smooth, with no central projection, glabrous.
    Female
    Female flowers: pedicels c. 5 mm long, stouter than in the male, extending to up to 3.5 cm long in fruit; sepals resembling those of the male flowers, but slightly larger, green; disk 3.5–4 mm in diameter, annular, subentire; ovary c. 2 mm in diameter, 2-locular, ovoid-subglobose, glabrous, dark green; styles 2, united at the base, erect, persistent, 1.5 mm long, bifid, stigmas spreading, papillose.
    Fruits
    Fruit 1.3–1.5(2) × 0.75–1(1.5) cm, ellipsoid, shallowly 2-lobed and 2-celled, or not lobed and 1-celled by abortion, smooth, glabrous, green at first later becoming yellow to yellow-orange and somewhat fleshy.
    Seeds
    Seeds 0.8–1.4 × 0.6–1 × 0.3–0.7 cm, somewhat compressed-ellipsoid; sarcotesta drying pale brownish or yellowish-brown.
    Habit
    A deciduous shrub or tree up to 20 m high, sometimes more or less evergreen; branching at 3–5 m to form a dense broadly conical crown up to 10 m in diameter.
    Bark
    Bark smooth and silver-grey at first, later darkening and cracking and flaking rectangularly at the base.
    Twigs
    Twigs lenticellate.
    Shoots
    Young shoots and petioles sparing to densely minutely puberulous.
    Buds
    Buds perulate (furnished with protective scales); perulae c. 3 mm long, suborbicular, smooth, ciliate, soon falling.
    Stipules
    Stipules c. 1 mm long, lanceolate, acute, more or less glabrous without, puberulous within, soon falling.
    Petiole
    Petioles 3–8 mm long.
    Leaves
    Leaves 3–11 × 1.5–5 cm, narrowly oblong to elliptic-oblong, rounded and sometimes emarginate at the apex, rarely obtuse, obliquely rounded and cordulate to distinctly cordate at the base, entire on the margins; blades chartaceous to thinly coriaceous, sometimes minutely puberulous at the base of the midrib beneath at first, otherwise completely glabrous, usually dark green and glossy above, glaucous beneath; lateral nerves in 6–10 pairs, weakly brochidodromous, tertiary nerves reticulate.
    Flowers
    Flowers borne in the axils of the scars of the previous season's fallen leaves, below the terminal flush; male fascicles many-flowered; female flowers solitary or paired, rarely ternate. Female flowers: pedicels c. 5 mm long, stouter than in the male, extending to up to 3.5 cm long in fruit; sepals resembling those of the male flowers, but slightly larger, green; disk 3.5–4 mm in diameter, annular, subentire; ovary c. 2 mm in diameter, 2-locular, ovoid-subglobose, glabrous, dark green; styles 2, united at the base, erect, persistent, 1.5 mm long, bifid, stigmas spreading, papillose. Male flowers: pedicels c. 4 mm long, minutely puberulous; sepals 4(5), somewhat unequal, 2.5–3 × 1–2 mm, usually ± ovate, rounded at the apex, fulvous- or ferrugineous-tomentellous at the apex without, glabrous within, pale lime-green; stamens 6–10, enclosed by the disk folds, 2.5–3 mm long, anthers 1.2 mm long; disk 2.5 mm across, more or less acetabuliform, plicate, with as many marginal folds as stamens, smooth, with no central projection, glabrous.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Malawi, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Zambia, Zimbabwe

    Drypetes mossambicensis Hutch. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Vasse [319], Mozambique K000406354

    First published in D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 6(1): 1046 (1913)

    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.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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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/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0