Combretum gillettianum Liben

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Combretum gillettianum

Leaf & Seed
Escarpment miombo woodland
Mbita (Kumbula) Island, Mpulungu
Aug 2022
Photo: Nick Wightman

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Shrub or small tree up to 4 m. high, or sometimes scandent; young branchlets purple, tomentellous (glabrous fide Liben). Leaves opposite; lamina up to 4(5·5) x 1·5(2) cm., papyraceous to chartaceous or subcoriaceous, narrowly elliptic, conspicuously lepidote when young but inconspicuously so when mature, otherwise nearly glabrous except for some indumentum on the nerves when young and tufts of hairs in the axils of the nerves beneath, apex rather blunt, base rounded; lateral nerves 3–5 pairs; petiole up to 3·5 mm. long, pubescent. Inflorescences of short subcapitate spikes in the axils of the young leaves or forming a short panicle by suppression of the upper leaves; rhachis tomentose; bracts 1·5 x 0·5 mm., obovate-elliptic, caducous. Lower receptacle 2–2·5 mm. long, tomentellous; upper receptacle 3·5–4(4·5) x 3–4 mm., cupuliform, appressed-pubescent often with 4 tomentellous nerves running up into the sepals. Sepals 1·5 x 1·2 mm., triangular. Petals 1·3 x 1 mm., obtriangular to obovate or subcircular, glabrous, scarcely exceeding the sepals. Stamen-filaments 3·5–4 mm. long; anthers 1·2 mm. long. Disk with a pilose margin free for c. 1 mm. Style 4·5 mm. long, somewhat swollen at the apex and apparently considerably expanded for a short period. Fruit up to 3(4) x 2·5(3) cm., tomentellous when young, not conspicuously lepidote, apical peg very short (up to c. 0·6 mm.), decurrent at the base into the up to 1·2(2) cm. long slender stipe. Scales like those of C. schumannii but tending to be smaller, 35(40)–60(70)µ in diam., and less subdivided, with 8–12 marginal cells.
From FZ, Vol 4, Part 0, page 100, (1978) Author: A. W. Exell
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Habitat: Brachystegia allenii woodland; deciduous thickets.
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Worldwide distribution: Zambia, but also in neighbouring areas in Katanga (DRC) and Tanzania.
Zambian distribution (Flora Zambesiaca): N
Zambian distribution (Provinces): N
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Endemic status: Near Endemic
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Content last updated: Saturday 22 October 2022

Exell, A.W. (1978). Combretaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4 Pages 116 - 117. (Includes a picture).

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Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Species information: Combretum gillettianum., retrieved 29 November 2023

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