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34. Saxicolella Engler

Saxicolella Engler, Bot. Jahrb. Syst. 60: 456 (1926).
Pohliella Engler (1926).
Aulea C. Cusset ex Lebrun & Stork (1991), nom. illeg.

Roots crustose or ribbon-like; stems rudimentary or well developed, up to 20 cm long, somewhat flattened, simple or branched. Leaves simple and linear, or forked, or laciniate; ultimate segments linear. Spathellas ovoid, opening irregularly at apex. Flowers erect in spathella, solitary or in loose clusters; pedicels elongating during anthesis, reaching up to 2 mm long; tepals 2, minute, one each side of  filament base; stamen 1; pollen in dyads; ovaries 1- or 2-locular, depending on species. Capsules ellipsoidal to fusiform; valves equal and persistent, each valve with 3 or 5 narrow ribs; stigmas linear. About five spp., in western tropical Africa, from Angola to Nigeria.


Subfam. Podostemoideae

Saxicolella nana. C Flowering shoot (5 mm). D Flower (2.5 mm).

Cook & Rutishauser 2007

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