Mischogyne elliotiana (Engl. & Diels) Le Thomas var. sericea Keay (1952: 151)

Gosline, George, Marshall, Andrew R. & Larridon, Isabel, 2019, Revision and new species of the African genus Mischogyne (Annonaceae), Kew Bulletin 74 (28), pp. 1-23 : 12-13

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Mischogyne elliotiana (Engl. & Diels) Le Thomas var. sericea Keay (1952: 151)


2b. Mischogyne elliotiana (Engl. & Diels) Le Thomas var. sericea Keay (1952: 151) .

Type: Sierra Leone, River bank, Njala, 10 Feb. 1927, Deighton 510 (holotype K! [K000198795], lectotype B!, NSW [ NSW 459966]).

Shrub or small tree to 5 m tall. Young taeigs, petioles, midrib above and below with a dense indumentum of white hairs 0.8 – 1.4 mm long. Petioles 5 – 12 mm long, 2 – 4 mm in diam. Leaf lamina narrowly ovate or ovate to narrowly obovate or obovate, 12 – 25 cm long, 5 – 8 cm wide, length:width ratio 2.5 – 4, apex acuminate or attenuate, acumen 2 – 4 cm long, 1.5 – 2.5 cm at base, both surfaces with a glabrescent indumentum of appressed white hairs 0.7 – 1.1 mm long, strongly coriaceous, drying matte brown, lighter below; midrib secondary veins 9 – 14. Fruit ellipsoid, constricted between seeds when dry, 4 cm long, 2 cm diam., apiculate.

DISTRIBUTION. Guinea (Conakry) and Sierra Leone ( Map 1 View Map 1 ).

HABITAT. Lowland forest along rivers.

SPECIMENS EXAMINED. GUINEA (CONAKRY). Kindia Préfecture: Ouélia, Environs de Kindia , Bords de la Kolenté , 60 m, fl, [9°36'23" 12°37'1"], 1 May 1934, H. Jacques-Félix 465 (K!, P*) . SIERRA LEONE. Southern province: Njala, R. bank, Njala., 55 m, [8°6'31" 12°5'], 8 July 1935, F. C. Deighton 3015 (K!, SL *); ibid., 10 Feb. 1927, F. C. Deighton 510 ( BM!, K!) .

PHENOLOGY. Flowering in February, May; Fruiting July.

VERNACULAR NAME. None recorded.

USES. “The old leaves lose their hairs and become hard, and are used for cleaning caps and other cloth articles.” (Deighton 510).

NOTES. The larger leathery leaves generally without an acumen together with the glabrescent indumentum of long hairs on the leaves make specimens of this taxon markedly distinct from other Mischogyne elliotiana View in CoL specimens.


Royal Botanic Gardens, National Herbarium of New South Wales


University of Sierra Leone, Njala University College


Bristol Museum

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