4171.000 Turraea L.

Description of the genus

Shrubs or small trees, sometimes scrambling. Leaves simple, alternate, entire or rarely shallowly lobed. Flowers bisexual, 4-5-merous, fasciculate or in false racemes. Petals (4-)5. Staminal tube cylindric, sometimes expanded apically, terminated by simple or 2-lobed, free or partially or completely fused, appendages. Anthers (8-)10, inserted on the rim of the staminal tube or inside the tube near the apex. Ovary 10-locular (in ours). Seeds with an orange or red aril; testa black or red, shining.

Derivation of name: after Giorgio della Turra, 1607-1688, Italian doctor and professor of botany.

Worldwide: 60 species in Africa, Madagascar and tropical Asia to Australia.

Botswana: 3 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
nilotica Kotschy & Peyr.Description, Image
obtusifolia Hochst.N,SEDescription, Image
zambesica Sprague & Hutch. ex Hutch.NDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Turraea:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: Turraea
Flora of Malawi: Turraea
Flora of Mozambique: Turraea
Flora of Zambia: Turraea
Flora of Zimbabwe: Turraea
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Turraea

External websites:

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

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: Turraea.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=816, retrieved 27 September 2023

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