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Published In: Systematic Botany 28(1): 146–147. 2003. (14 Mar 2003) (Syst. Bot.) Name publication detail

Project Name Data (Last Modified On 6/10/2009)
Acceptance : Accepted
Taxon Profile     (Last Modified On 6/20/2013)
Generic Distribution: endemic
Generic Species Diversity and Endemism Status: has been evaluated
No. of species in Fl. Madagasc.: not published
Accepted Published Species: 2 endemic
Estimated Unpublished Species: none
Estimated Total Species: 2 endemic
Additional Taxonomic Work: not currently required
Species Level Data Entry: complete

Robbrechtia includes shrubs and small trees characterized by a blackened drying color; well developed, caducous, notably resinous stipules that are shortly fused around the stem with the interpetiolar portions obtuse to acute; rather leathery leaves; terminal, sessile, cymose, bracteate inflorescences that are generally rounded in shape and subtended by enlarged stipules; bisexual, homostylous flowers with secondary pollen presentation; 5 or rarely 4 calyx lobes, corolla lobes, and stamens; a relatively well developed calyx limb; salverform, white to yellow corollas with a long slender tube (26-35 mm long) and the lobes contorted to the left in bud; 2-locular ovaries with 2-4 ovules in each locule; drupaceous fruits with a single 2-locular pyrene that opens from the base; and generally only 1 seed per fruit, which has a large lateral hilum cavity and deeply ruminate endosperm. This genus can be recognized in part by its leathery leaves, robust resinous stipules, well developed calyx limbs, and blackened drying color. The flowers are reported to be very fragrant.

Robbrechtia is similar in general aspect and many characters to Coptosperma, but has longer corollas and calyx limbs than species so far known of that genus, and also differs in its bilobed stigmas vs. entire in that genus. Robbrechtia grandifolia is much more commonly collected and widely distributed than Robbrechtia milleri.

Compiled or updated by: N. Rakotonirina & R. Ramananjanahary, based on specimens in TEF and TAN herbaria; C.M. Taylor VI 2011

Images and Maps     (Last Modified On 6/20/2013)
Maps: Distribution map: De Block (2003: fig. 5, p. 156).



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