7934.000 Petalidium Nees

Description of the genus

Small shrubs or procumbent, perennial herbs. Leaves varying from ovate to linear. Inflorescence of axillary cymes with few to many flowers; bracteoles large and conspicuous, often leathery and reticulately veined, enclosing the calyx and corolla tube. Calyx divided almost to the base; lobes 5. Corolla with 5 spreading subequal lobes; palate prominently transversely ribbed. Fruit a capsule, flattened, with a thickened apical 'knob'.

Worldwide: 35 species in tropical and South Africa, the western Himalayas and western India.

Botswana: 3 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
englerianum (Schinz) C.B. ClarkeN,SW
parvifolium C.B. Clarke ex SchinzSW
variabile (Engl.) C.B Clarke

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Flora of Mozambique: Petalidium
Flora of Zimbabwe: Petalidium
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Petalidium

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

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: Petalidium.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1329, retrieved 29 May 2024

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