Canthium acutiflorum Hiern
  • D.Oliver & auct. suc. (eds.), Fl. Trop. Afr. 3: 136 (1877) 

General Description

A glabrous shrub with coriaceous shiny leaves.

A climbing shrub of 15–20 feet, or a tree, unarmed, quite glabrous except the flowers, shining. Branches subterete or obtusely 4-sided, patent; the branchlets somewhat compressed. Leaves oval, mostly acuminate, nearly rounded or somewhat narrowed at the base, thinly coriaceous, 2–4 by 1–2 in., sometimes those at the base of the branchlets smaller; lateral veins about 4–5 pairs, prominent beneath; petiole spreading, 1/4– 1/3 in. long; stipules cuspidate-subulate from a broad subtruncate base, 1/8 in. long. Flowers 1/5 in. long, on pedicels of 1/6– 1/5 in. long, many together, umbellately arranged on a short common peduncle. Calyx-tube widely campanulate, glabrous; limb very small, 5-toothed, glabrous. Corolla-tube glabrous outside, hairy with deflexed hairs inside; throat bearded; lobes 5, ovate-lanceolate, acute, thinly pubescent inside. Filaments reflexed, exserted, anthers lanceolate. Disk glabrous. Stigma elongate-calyptriform.


Old Calabar Rev. W. C. Thomson!

N. Nig.: Anara F.R., Zaria Prov. (fr. May) Keay FHI 22989!

S. Nig.: Stubbs Creek F.R., Eket Dist. (fr. May) Onochie FHI 33174! Calabar Thomson 97! Oban Talbot 1543!

[Br.] Cam.: foot of Cam. Mt. (Feb.) Mann 1179! Mopanya, Cam. Mt. 4,000-5,000 ft. (July) Kalbreyer 182!

Ghana: Gradaw, Banda Hills (fl. & fr. Oct.) Rose Innes GC 31620! Damongo Scarp Harris!

Cameroon Mountains, alt. 500 feet, Mann!


in F.T.A. 3: 136 (1877).


  • 1 Govaerts, R. (2003). World Checklist of Selected Plant Families Database in ACCESS: 1-216203. The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
  • 2 Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. Continental Publishing, Deurne.

 Information From

Flora of West Tropical Africa
Flora of West Tropical Africa. Published on the Internet;
Flora of Tropical Africa
Flora of Tropical Africa. Published on the Internet;
World Checklist of Selected Plant Families
WCSP 2014. 'World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. Facilitated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; Retrieved 2011 onwards
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