Hippocratea pallens Planch. ex Oliv.
  • Fl. Trop. Afr.


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Morphology

Flowers green to yellow-cream.

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    Climbing shrub

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    Stamens 3, with filaments short, broad; anthers extrorse, circular, 1-thecous.

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    Petals green or white to yellow or orange, 1–1·5 mm. long, obovate to oblong-oblanceolate, rounded, entire, with margins plane, imbricate in bud, spreading or suberect and grouped 2:2:1 over the stamens at anthesis.

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    Ovary with 3 sessile divergent stigmas, each curved down over a stamen; ovules 2 per loculus.

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    Disk single, deeply 3-lobed, each almost separate concave lobe enclosing a stamen.

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    Mericarps green tinged purplish-brown, c. 3 × 1 cm., flattened, narrowly oblong, obtuse to rounded at the apex, 2-seeded, almost smooth.

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    Flowers ?, scented, in lax or ± dense simple axillary dichasia; peduncles and inflorescence branches quadrangular; buds c. 0·6 mm. long, globose; pedicels 0·2–1 (2·5) mm. long; bracts 0·5–0·8 mm. long, triangular, acute, entire or eroded-denticulate, with fimbriate basal auricles, persistent.

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    Seeds winged, with veins marginal and submedian.

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    Sepals greenish, c. 0·5 mm. long, unequal, ovate to oblong, obtuse to rounded, with margin irregularly ciliolate or subentire, free or united in the lower 1/3.

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    Liane or scandent shrub, to over 5 m. high (over 30 m. in W. Africa), glabrous; sterns greyish-brown, smooth and slightly 4-lined or terete when young, soon becoming terete, without lenticels.

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    Leaf-lamina ± deep green above, paler below, often ± glaucous, 3·5–9·2 × 1·7–3·6 cm. in our area (to 12 × 6·6 cm. in Cameroun), oblong or elliptic-ovate or obovate, acuminate at the apex, with margin entire (in our area) to undulate or glandular-serrulate, cuneate to truncate and decurrent at the base, thin to subcoriaceous, with midrib and 4–6 lateral nerves plane or slightly prominent on both sides, and reticulate venation often visible below; petiole 5–12(14) mm. long; stipules 0·2–0·5 mm. long, broadly triangular to semi-lunar, fimbriate, not united.

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      Bibliography

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    Celastraceae
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