826.000 Xyris L.

Lock, J.M. (2010) Xyridaceae Flora Zambesiaca 13(4) 1-33

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs, often forming clumps; rhizomes, when present, short, horizontal or ascending. Leaves virtually all basal. Inflorescence a condensed bracteate spike at the end of elongated peduncles which are often variously grooved or ridged; lower bracts of the spike occasionally elongated or reflexed. Flowers borne singly in the axils of the fertile bracts, short-lived; calyx of 3 unequal segments, the adaxial hooded and enclosing the flower-bud, the laterals asymmetric and often keeled; corolla yellow (blue in at least one West African species). Fruit a loculicidal capsule.

Botswana: 5 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
anceps Lam. var. anceps Image
capensis Thunb.N
huillensis RendleN
rubella MalmeSEDescription
straminea L.A. Nilsson

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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Xyris
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Xyris
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Xyris
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Xyris
Kew Monocotyledon checklist: Xyris

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Botswana: Genus page: Xyris.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=311, retrieved 14 October 2019

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