Pseudobersama mossambicensis (Sim) Verdc.
  • J. Linn. Soc., Bot.


Cite taxon page as 'WFO (2020): Pseudobersama mossambicensis (Sim) Verdc. Published on the Internet;http://www.worldfloraonline.org/taxon/wfo-0001083555. Accessed on: 08 Jul 2020'

Morphology

The flowers are functionally either male or female and apparently dioecious, but the differences between them are slight.

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    Leaves imparipinnate; petiole and rhachis up to 30 cm. long, minutely puberulous towards base; leaflets up to 15 × 6 cm., usually smaller, 4–8 (9)-jugate, alternate or subopposite, elliptic or oblong-elliptic, apex shortly and bluntly acuminate, base cuneate, asymmetric, the proximal leaflets smaller and proportionally broader, young leaflets densely pubescent, glabrous above when mature, lower surface with conspicuous tufts of hairs in nerve-axils and prominent open reticulate venation.

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    Flowers white, 3–12, in lax to subcapitate compound cymose inflorescences, each part of the inflorescence bearing a simple 3-flowered cyme; peduncle 1–6 cm. long; bracts 1–3 mm. long, subulate, puberulous; pedicels 0·5–1 mm. long.

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    Small or medium-sized evergreen tree up to 20 m. tall, sometimes flowering as a shrub 2–4 m. tall.

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    Filaments about 3·5 mm. long, united for 1/3 – 2/3 of their length, densely hairy towards the apex; anthers 1·5 mm. long, hairy.

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    Pistillode 3 mm. long. Antherodes 1 mm. long.

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    Ovary 3 × 3 mm.; style 1·5 mm. long.

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    Capsule 3–4·5 cm. in diam., very woody, red, densely covered with lobed antler-shaped appendages 7 mm. long, dehiscing by (4) 5 (6) valves, which remain connate at the base; valves 4–6 mm. thick; stipe about 5 mm. long; seeds 2 per loculus, 7 × 5 mm., purple-red, aril bright red, confined to adaxial part of seed, and forming a cushion at the apex.

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    Calyx c. 3 mm. long, lobed to about the middle, lobes deltate.

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    Petals 4·5–6 mm. long, glabrous except for minute papillae.

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    Petals 0.5–0.6 cm. long, glabrous except for minute papillae.

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    Filaments ± 0.35 cm. long, united for 1/3–2/3 of their length, densely hairy towards the apex; anthers 0.15 cm. long, hairy. Antherodes 0.1 cm. long.

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    Ovary 0.3 × 0.3 cm.; style 0.15 cm. long. Pistillode 0.3 cm. long.

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    Capsule 3–4.5 cm. in diameter, very woody, red, densely covered with lobed antler-shaped appendages 0.7 cm. long, dehiscing by (4–)5(–6) valves, which remain connate at the base; valves 0.4–0.6 cm. thick; stipe ± 0.5 cm. long; seeds 2 per locule, 0.7 × 0.5 cm., purple-black; aril bright red, confined to adaxial part of seed, and forming a cushion at the apex and base.

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    Fig. 7.

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    Leaves imparipinnate; petiole and rhachis up to 30 cm. long, minutely puberulous towards base; leaflets 9–17, alternate or subopposite, elliptic or oblong- elliptic, up to 15 × 6 cm., usually smaller, apex shortly and blundy acuminate, base cuneate, asymmetric, the proximal leaflets smaller and proportionally broader, young leaflets densely pubescent, glabrous above when mature, lower surface with conspicuous tufts of hairs in nerve-axils and prominent open reticulate venation.

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    Small or medium-sized evergreen tree up to 20 m. tall, sometimes flowering as a shrub 2–4 m. tall.

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    Calyx ± 0.3 cm. long, lobed to ± the middle; lobes deltate.

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    Flowers white, 3–12, in lax to subcapitate compound cymose inflorescences, each part of the inflorescence bearing a simple 3-flowered cyme; peduncle 1–6 cm. long; bracts subulate, 0.1–0.3 cm. long, puberulous; pedicels 0.1 cm. long.

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    Evergreen tree up to 10 m tall, usually smaller. Leaves up to 300 mm long. Leaflets 9-17, elliptic or oblong-elliptic, apex shortly and bluntly acuminate; lower surface with tufts of hairs in the nerve axils and with lax, prominent, reticulate venation. Flowers white, 76-305 mm a sparsely branched to subcapitate, cymose inflorescence. Petals 4.5-6 mm long, glabrous. Filaments 3.5 mm long. Capsule 30-50 mm in diameter, red; appendages up to 7 mm long. Seeds 7 x 5 mm, purple-black, aril orange, extending from the adaxial part of seed, to form a cushion at the apex and base.

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    Distribution

    Has a scattered distribution in east African coastal forests from Kenya to Natal.

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