1301.000 Hesperantha Ker Gawl.


Description of the genus

Perennial herbs, dying back each year, with corms. Inflorescence a spike. Floral bracts green or membranous above; the inner smaller than the outer. Flowers actinomorphic, usually white or pink, opening in the evening; tepals subequal, spreading or cup-shaped, united below into a straight or curved tube. Stamens symmetrically arranged. Style dividing at the mouth of the perianth tube into 3 large spreading branches. Fruit a capsule, sometimes dehiscing only in upper third. Seeds sometimes slightly winged.

Worldwide: c. 65-70 species in subsaharan Africa

Botswana: 1 taxon.

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Flora of Malawi: Hesperantha
Flora of Mozambique: Hesperantha
Flora of Zambia: Hesperantha
Flora of Zimbabwe: Hesperantha

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Botswana: Genus page: Hesperantha.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=385, retrieved 20 March 2023

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