2309.000 Kyphocarpa (Fenzl ex Endl.) Lopr.

Description of the genus

Annual, erect herbs. Leaves entire, opposite. Flowers in spike-like, densely pilose, bracteate thyrses, terminal on the stems and branches. Each bract subtends a bibracteolate partial inflorescence of 4 fertile flowers and 4 bracteolate sterile flowers consisting of slender spiny processes; partial inflorescences falling as a unit, bracts persistent on the inflorescence axis. Perianth segments 5, 3-nerved, mucronate. Stamens 5, pseudostaminodes present. Ovary pilose above and with an asymmetrical horn at the apex.

Worldwide: 3-4 species in southern tropical and South Africa

Botswana: 2 taxa.

Kyphocarpa angustifolia

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
angustifolia (Moq.) Lopr.N,SW,SEDescription, Image
cruciata (Schinz) Schinz

Other sources of information about Kyphocarpa:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: Kyphocarpa
Flora of Mozambique: Kyphocarpa
Flora of Zambia: Kyphocarpa
Flora of Zimbabwe: Kyphocarpa

External websites:

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

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: Kyphocarpa.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=526, retrieved 29 May 2024

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