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The genera of Leguminosae-Caesalpinioideae & Swartzieae

L. Watson and M.J. Dallwitz

Daniellia J.J. Benn

Cf. Cyanothyrsus harms, Paradaniellia Rolfe. A taxon of uncertain taxonomic status, represented by about 10 specific names.

Type species: D. thurifera J.J. Benn.

Habit and leaf form. Resinous trees, or shrubs; unarmed.

Phyllotaxy spiral. The leaves compound; pinnate; paripinnate. The leaflets many per leaf; opposite or sub-opposite (mostly), or alternate (rarely); petiolulate; without noticeably twisted petiolules; symmetrical or nearly so; without a continuous marginal nerve. Stipules absent or early caducous or very inconspicuous in mature leaves; membranous; intrapetiolar, not connate (enfolding bud). Stipels absent.

Inflorescence and floral morphology. The inflorescences terminal; branched; of racemose units; panicles (of racemes). The flowers not distichous. Bracts absent at anthesis. Bracteoles present; relatively large and enclosing the flower buds; absent at anthesis, or persistent beyond anthesis; not valvate.

The flowers hermaphrodite; not pentamerous throughout; departing from pentamery in the calyx; coloured. Floral tube length relative to total hypanthium + calyx length about 0.25. Hypanthium present; shortly, asymmetrically cupular. Calyx deciduous, 4; covering the rest of the flower in bud, or not covering the rest of the flower in bud; not Swartzieae type; polysepalous; more or less regular; members imbricate. Corolla present; very irregular; 5; including greatly reduced members; polypetalous. Petals sessile; imbricate; imbricate-ascending. Disk absent. The androecium comprising 10 members; with united members, or members all free of one another; members all more or less equal in length; comprising only fertile stamens. Fertile stamens 10. Anthers attached well above the base of the connective; dehiscing longitudinally. Ovary stipitate; eccentric, with the stipe adnate. Stigma inconspicuously dilated, or not dilated. Ovules numerous.

Fruit, seed and seedling. Fruit a two-valved pod; curved; valves twisting and enrolling during dehiscence; not becoming woody. The mature valves without prominent venation. Seeds non-endospermic; arillate (with cupular aril and long funicle); with a straight or slightly oblique radicle; amyloid-positive. Cotyledons flat; of Type 4; with a vascular system in one plane; epigeal.

Transverse section of lamina. Leaves with conspicuous phloem transfer cells in the minor veins. Druses common in the mesophyll, or absent from the mesophyll. Mesophyll secretory cavities (gland-dots) common; epithelium-lined. Adaxial hypodermis absent. Leaf girders absent. Laminae dorsiventral. Mesophyll without unaligned fibres or sclereids. Minor veins mainly with abundant accompanying fibres.

Leaf lamina epidermes. Epidermal crystals present; prisms, or druses. Simple unbranched hairs common, or not seen. No compound or branched eglandular hairs seen. Capitate glands not seen. Hooked hairs not seen. Cassieae-type leaf pseudo-glands not seen. Expanded and embedded hair-feet absent. Adaxial: Adaxial interveinal epidermal cell walls straight in optical section; conspicuously pitted, or not conspicuously pitted; thick. Stomata adaxially very rare. Abaxial: Abaxial stomata predominantly paracytic. Abaxial epidermis not papillate. Abaxial interveinal epidermal cell walls straight, or gently undulating; conspicuously pitted in optical section; staining normally with safranin; thick.

Wood anatomy. Wood without septate fibres; storied; with normal intercellular canals; without traumatic canals. Intervascular pits medium to large.

Pollen ultrastructure. Tectum punctate; rugulose punctate. Length of colpi greater than one half pole to pole distance.

Cytology. Basic chromosome number, x = 11. 2n = 22.

Species number and distribution. About 10 species. Tropical West Africa.

Tribe. Detarieae.

Miscellaneous. Illustrations: • D. oliveri: Brenan, Fl. Tropical East Africa (1967). • D. klainei, D. ogea and D. pynaertii: Aubréville, Flore du Gabon (1968). • D. soyauxii (as Cyanothyrsus), with Oxystigma buchholzii and Oxystigma buchholzii): Bot. Jahrb. 26.


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Cite this publication as: ‘Watson, L., and Dallwitz, M.J. 1993 onwards. The genera of Leguminosae-Caesalpinioideae and Swartzieae: descriptions, illustrations, identification, and information retrieval. In English and French. Version: 22nd March 2017. delta-intkey.com/caes’.

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