2074.060 Erianthemum Tiegh.

Description of the genus

Hemiparasitic shrubs with hairs stellate and dendritic. Leaves opposite, subopposite or partly alternate. Flowers few, sessile in heads; bract ovate to subcircular. Calyx cup-shaped to tubular, ± entire to shortly toothed. Corolla opening radially, joined to less than halfway, 5-lobed, mostly yellow to green, silky-villous or at least hairy on the buds; tube constricted above a basal swelling; lobes spreading-reflexed from below middle. Filaments inserted well up the corolla lobes, elongate, generally articulated and often breaking off near the middle. Berry with persistent calyx, urceolate, orange, reddish or blue-green. Seeds orange to red.

Derivation of name: from Greek: erion meaning wool and anthemon, flower, referring to the woolly appearance of the flowers.

Worldwide: 16 species in eastern and southern Africa, from Ethiopia to the Cape.

Botswana: 3 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
dregei (Eckl. & Zeyh.) Tiegh.Description, Image
ngamicum (Sprague) DanserDescription, Image
virescens (N.E. Br.) Balle ex Wiens & PolhillDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Erianthemum:

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

External websites:

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

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: Erianthemum.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=492, retrieved 28 January 2023

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