Ritchiea insignis (Pax) Gilg
  • Bot. Jahrb. Syst.


Cite taxon page as 'WFO (2020): Ritchiea insignis (Pax) Gilg. Published on the Internet;http://www.worldfloraonline.org/taxon/wfo-0001290586. Accessed on: 29 Oct 2020'

Morphology

Petals 4, white, up to 4.5 x 0.5 cm., narrowly oblanceolate with a narrower claw almost as long as the lamina, or linear.

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    Stamens numerous on a short androgynophore c. 1 mm. long, with slender filaments somewhat shorter than the petals; anthers linear, somewhat sagittate and with the anther-thecae subacute at the base; gynophore c. 4 cm. long, glabrous; ovary c. 0.8 cm. long, glabrous, cylindric; stigma sessile, capitate, about as wide as the ovary.

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    Inflorescence of terminal racemes with about 12–30 flowers, moderately dense at first; pedicels up to 4 cm. long, glabrous, with three basal minute, subspinous, subulate bracteoles c. 0.5 mm. long, the middle one very early deciduous.

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    Sepals 2–3 x 1–1.6 cm., ovate-acuminate, glabrous except for a minute, crisped pubescence on the margins, with about 7 longitudinal nerves; receptacle c. 1 mm. tall.

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    Fruit 5–7 x 2.5–3 cm., cylindric, rounded at both ends, on a stout pedicel 2.5–4.5 cm. long and a gynophore 2.5–3 cm. long, 4- or rarely 3- or 6-valved, longitudinally dehiscent with the valves thick and coriaceous, rather shiny, brown-verrucose, somewhat fleshy within, many-seeded.

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    Seeds 0.6 x 1.0 cm., rugose with a brown testa, somewhat compressed and 3-sided.

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    Shrub or small tree 2–4 m. tall with somewhat pendulous, brown, densely lenticelled branches.

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    Leaves 3–5-foliolate; terminal leaflet 7–18 x 3–8 cm., lateral leaflets 5–15 x 3–6 cm., oblong-elliptic, oblong or obovate-oblong, rounded or shortly acuminate, often recurved at the apex, rounded or shortly cuneate at the base, glabrous on both sides, nerves raised below and sometimes above; petiole up to 7 cm. long; petiolules 5–7 mm. long, channelled above and articulated at the base.

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     Information From

    Capparaceae
    World Flora Online Data. 2017.
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    Plants Of the World Online Portal - FZ
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    World Flora Online consortium
    http://www.worldfloraonline.org/organisation/WFO
    World Flora Online Data. 2018.
    • C 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.
    • D Botanic Gardens Conservation International