African Plant Database

Rhus longipes Engl.
Protologue : Monogr. Phan. 4: 431 (1883)
Information on the genus : Rhus
Status for SA : rejected (present)
Status for TA : rejected (present), is synonym of : Searsia longipes (Engl.) Moffett
Synonym(s) Homotypic
 Rhus longipes Engl. var. longipes (1883)
 Searsia longipes (Engl.) Moffett var. longipes (2007)
 Searsia longipes (Engl.) Moffett
Synonym(s) Heterotypic
=Rhus glutinosa var. obtusifolia Engl.
=Rhus villosa var. grandifolia Oliv.
=Rhus longipes var. grandifolia (Oliv.) Meikle
=Rhus ruzizensis Engl. (1921)
=Rhus glaucescens var. natalensis auct. (1951) sensu Suess.
Taxon infra-specific
Rhus longipes Engl. var. longipes (1883)
Ecology and distribution
Trop. Afr.
Biology : Shrub or tree 1-12 m tall, sometimes straggling or scandent to 15-20 m long; stems long, weak; branches arching, brownish grey, cylindrical, slightly furrowed.
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Ecology : Evergreen bushland; forest edges; riverine Millettia, Celtis forest; termite mounds; thicketed places in woodland to coastal forest and bushland; savannas; Brachystegia woodland on rocky outcrops; 1-2450 m alt.
  Comprises 3 vars.: var longipes; with hairy branchlets and elliptic sparsely pilose leaflets (on nerves beneath), apex obtuse to acute; widespread in E. Africa.
  The separation of R. longipes var. longipes from R. ruspolii in W Ethiopia is not always clear. Also very similar to R. tumulicola (cf. this species).

Bibliography for Tropical Africa :
  • Cat. Pl. Vasc. Burkina Faso:138 (2012)
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