Maerua bussei R. Wilczek
  • Fl. Congo, Rwanda & Burundi


Cite taxon page as 'WFO (2020): Maerua bussei R. Wilczek. Published on the Internet;http://www.worldfloraonline.org/taxon/wfo-0001290547. Accessed on: 28 Oct 2020'

Morphology

Fruit c. 2 cm. in diam., globose, smooth.

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    Androgynophore slightly exserted from the receptacle.

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    Petals c. 1.6 x 0.5 cm., oblanceolate, apex acuminate.

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    Ovary on a gynophore c. 3.5 cm. long, ovoid-globose; ovules 4 on 2 placentas; style 0.5 mm. long; stigma capitate.

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    Stamens c. 60; filaments c. 3 cm., long; anthers 1.5 x 0.75 mm., broadly oblong.

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    Inflorescence of terminal corymbose racemes; rhachis 1–3 cm. long, glabrous; pedicels up to 6 cm. long, glabrous; bracts c. 4 mm. long, trifid, middle lobe caducous, filamentous lateral lobes 1 mm. long, persistent as scales at the base of old inflorescences.

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    Leaves simple or 3-foliolate; leaf-lamina (or leaflet) 7–12 x 2.5–6 cm., coriaceous, oblanceolate oblanceolate-elliptic or elliptic, apex acute, retuse or rounded, mucronate, base cuneate or very narrowly rounded, glabrous and finely reticulately veined on both sides; simple leaves on wrinkled puberulous or glabrescent petioles up to 6 mm. long, 3-foliolate leaves on petioles up to 10 cm. long; petiolules 2–3 mm. long, wrinkled.

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    Sepals c. 1 x 0.4 cm., lanceolate, apex acuminate.

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    Receptacle 1.5 mm. tall, 1.5 mm. wide at the mouth, funnel-shaped, inner margin thickened and slightly undulate.

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    Seeds up to 4, c. 10 mm. long, oblong-ellipsoid.

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    Dense shrub 2–4 m. high with glabrous, sulcate branchlets.

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    Leaves petiolate, simple or 3-foliolate; blade elliptic to obovate-elliptic, 6.5–15 cm. long, 2.5–6.5 cm. wide, acutely acuminate to obtuse, leathery, glabrous or puberulous on the nerves beneath; nervation finely reticulate and the midrib very prominent beneath; petiole up to 10 cm. long, but often very much shorter.

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    Young branches glabrous or sometimes densely puberulous.

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    Evergreen shrub or small tree up to 5 m. tall.

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    Fruits pendulous, spheroid, up to 2 cm. in diameter; pericarp smooth, green and pruinose, glabrous.

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    Ovary subspheroid, glabrous.

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    Sepals 7–11 mm. long, glabrous; receptacle short, 1.5–2 mm. long.

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    Inflorescence an elegant, densely corymbose, terminal raceme; pedicels ± 2 cm. long in flower, up to 6 cm. in fruit, glabrous or sparsely puberulous.

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    Stamens ± 80; filaments ± 2 cm. long, white with an indigo base.

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    Petals ± 15 mm. long, white or tinged with green.

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    Capparaceae
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    Plants Of the World Online Portal - FZ
    https://www.kew.org/science/who-we-are-and-what-we-do/strategic-outputs-2020/plants-of-the-world-online
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    World Flora Online consortium
    http://www.worldfloraonline.org/organisation/WFO
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    • D CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0).
    Global Tree Search
    https://tools.bgci.org/global_tree_search.php
    BGCI. 2018. GlobalTreeSearch online database. Botanic Gardens Conservation International. Richmond, U.K. Available at www.bgci.org. Accessed on 30/11/2018.
    • E Botanic Gardens Conservation International