828.000 Eriocaulon L.

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs. Involucral bracts scarious to coriaceous, spreading to reflexed at maturity. Floral bracts often white-hairy towards the tip. Flowers borne on a central receptacle; male and female mixed or female around the edge. Sepals free or ± connate in male flowers, usually free in the female. Petals usually with a black gland near or at the tip, often white-hairy at the tip. Male petals all small or one enlarged and exserted. Male flowers with stamens (in our species) 6 or 4, twice as many as the petals; anthers black or white. Female flowers with petals free. Seeds ellipsoid, smooth or distinctively patterned.

Derivation of name: from Greek: erion meaning wool, caulos meaning stem

Worldwide: c. 400 species in tropical and warm regions of the world; some temperate.

Botswana: 6 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
abyssinicum Hochst.SEDescription, Image
cinereum R. Br.N
setaceum L.N
stenophyllum R.E. Fr. NDescription, Image
transvaalicum N.E. Br. subsp. transvaalicum SE
welwitschii RendleN

Other sources of information about Eriocaulon:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Eriocaulon
Flora of Mozambique: Eriocaulon
Flora of Zambia: Eriocaulon
Flora of Zimbabwe: Eriocaulon

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Eriocaulon
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Eriocaulon
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Eriocaulon
Wikipedia: Eriocaulon
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Eriocaulon
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Eriocaulon

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Botswana: Genus page: Eriocaulon.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=312, retrieved 14 August 2022

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