1. Family: Malvaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Cola Schott & Endl.
      1. Cola kimbozensis Cheek

        This species is accepted, and its native range is Tanzania (Uluguru Mountains).

    [FTEA]

    Sterculiaceae, Martin Cheek & Laurence Dorr; Nesogordonia, Laurence Dorr, Lisa Barnett. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2007

    Type
    Typus: Tanzania, Morogoro District: Kimboza Forest Reserve, Rodgers, Hall & Mwasumbi 2624 (K!, holo.; DAR, iso., 2 sheets)
    Habit
    Evergreen tree, 4–7 m tall.
    Bark
    Bark and wood unknown; ramiflorous, flowering stems leafless, ± 3 mm diameter, white, finely longitudinally ridged, glabrous, the short (0.5–2 cm long) leafy stems either lateral (spur shoots) or terminal, green, ± 1 mm diameter, smooth, glabrous, each bearing (1–)2–3 leaves during the flowering season
    Leaves
    Leaf-blade obovate (2.5–)9–16 cm long, (1.8–)3.8–6.5 cm wide, acumen slender, 7 mm long, edge of cuneate base concave, lateral nerves (4–)5–6 on each side of the midrib, leathery, drying bright grey-green, glabrous.
    Petiole
    Petiole terete, very sparsely hairy, (2–)9–18 mm long, drying green, strongly swollen and black at base and apex, often angled at apex, glabrous; stipules caducous, not seen.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescences 1-several cm below the leaves, fasciculate, forming woody burrs ± 3 mm long, with numerous single flowers in bud, but only 1–3 mature flowers present at one time; bracts not seen; stalk 8–9(–12) mm long, 0.2–0.3 mm wide, articulated 1–3 mm from the apex, sparsely hairy
    Flowers
    Flowers cream-coloured, fragrance not recorded, perianth divided into 5 lobes, each ± 2.5 mm long, inner surface glabrous, outer surface sparsely pubescent, androphore glabrous. Female flowers unknown
    Female
    Flowers cream-coloured, fragrance not recorded, perianth divided into 5 lobes, each ± 2.5 mm long, inner surface glabrous, outer surface sparsely pubescent, androphore glabrous. Female flowers unknown
    Fruits
    Fruits and seeds unknown.
    Ecology
    Evergreen forest on limestone with Scorodophloeus; 200–450 m
    Conservation
    Cola kimbozensis is only known from the three collections cited from the Kimboza forest, notes upon which are given under Cola quentinii. According to Rodgers et al. 2624, it is common there, at least locally, but despite this, due to its very narrow geographical range and the threats to its habitat (see under Cola quentinii above), it is here assessed as CR B2a, b(iii), that is critically endangered.
    Distribution
    Flora districts: T6 Range: Not known elsewhere

    Images

    Distribution

    Native to:

    Tanzania

    Cola kimbozensis Cheek appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Jun 9, 2010 Rodgers [2624], Tanzania K000691492 holotype

    First published in Fl. Trop. E. Africa, Sterculiac.: 39 (2007)

    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/
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    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