Psydrax acutiflora (Hiern) Bridson
  • Kew Bull. 40: 722 (1985) 

Notes: Distribution: Trop. Africa

General Description

Scandent bush or climber, 3.5–7 m. tall, with short lateral branches almost at right-angles to stem, glabrous; young stems square and furrowed. Leaf-blades narrowly to broadly elliptic, 5.3–11 cm. long, 2–6 cm. wide, acuminate at apex, acute at base, stiffly papery to subcoriaceous, dull to shiny above; lateral nerves in 4–5 main pairs; tertiary nerves completely obscure; domatia absent or occasionally present in axils of lateral nerves or tertiary nerves (but not in Flora area); petioles 6–10 mm. long; stipules with a truncate base and linear lobe perpendicular to base, 3–6 mm. long. Flowers 5-merous, borne in sessile to subsessile 5–10-flowered umbellate cymes; peduncle not exceeding 1 mm. long in flowering stage; pedicels 2–3(–4–6) mm. long (in flowering stage), glabrous; bracteoles inconspicuous. Calyx-tube ± 0.75 mm. long, glabrous; limb reduced to a dentate rim. Corolla cream-yellow; tube 3–4 mm. long, with ring of deflexed hairs below mid-point inside; lobes oblong-ovate 2.5–4 mm. long, 1.5 mm. wide with tapering apiculum, 0.75–1.25 mm. long, sparsely pubescent towards base above. Filaments moderately well developed; anthers ovate, less than 1/3 as long as corolla-lobes, reflexed. Style 5.5 mm. long; stigmatic knob cylindrical above, widening at base, 0.75–1 mm. long. Disk glabrous. Fruit ± didymous, 0.75–0.8(–1) cm. long, 1.3–1.5 cm. wide; pedicels somewhat accrescent; pyrenes circular in outline, 0.8 mm. in diameter, on either side with a shallow groove from point of attachment to centre, slightly bullate.


HAB. Forest edges; 1100–1220 m.


Tanzania Kaigi, Sept.–Oct. 1935, Gillman 406!

Uganda 13 km. on Kampala–Masaka road, Aug. 1937, Chandler 1875! & Entebbe, Lake shore, Oct. 1931, Eggeling 39! & Kyagwe, near Nansagazi, Nakiza Forest, 40 km. SW. of Jinja, 24 Jan. 1931, Dawkins 701!


in K.B. 40: 722 (1985).

Distribution Map

  • Native distribution
Found in
  • Africa East Tropical Africa Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Northeast Tropical Africa Sudan
  • South Tropical Africa Mozambique
  • West Tropical Africa Burkina
  • Guinea
  • Ivory Coast
  • Nigeria
  • West-Central Tropical Africa Burundi
  • Cabinda
  • Cameroon
  • Central African Republic
  • Gabon
  • Gulf of Guinea Is.
  • Zaire


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