7236.000 Acrotome Benth. ex Endl.

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs or subshrubs. Inflorescence of few-many-flowered, often subspherical, whorls; bracts leaf-like; bracteoles linear, often bristle-like. Calyx tubular, 10-11-nerved, with 5-11 equal or unequal teeth. Corolla 2-lipped, white; upper lip shorter than the lower; lower lip 3-lobed, the middle lobe longest. Stamens 4, included in the corolla tube and held together by intertwining hairs.

Similar to the genus Leucas and differing in the stamens which are included in the corolla tube and held together by intermingling hairs and by the upper lip of the corolla which is shorter than the lower lip (usually longer in Leucas).

Worldwide: 8 species in tropical and South Africa

Botswana: 3 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
angustifolia G. TaylorN,SW,SEDescription, Image
hispida Benth.SE
inflata Benth.N,SW,SEDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Acrotome:

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Flora of Caprivi: Acrotome
Flora of Malawi: Acrotome
Flora of Mozambique: Acrotome
Flora of Zambia: Acrotome
Flora of Zimbabwe: Acrotome

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Acrotome
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Acrotome
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Acrotome
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Acrotome
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Acrotome
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Acrotome
JSTOR Plant Science: Acrotome
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Acrotome
Plants of the World Online: Acrotome
Tropicos: Acrotome
Wikipedia: Acrotome

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Botswana: Genus page: Acrotome.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1217, retrieved 22 June 2024

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