5047.000 Melhania Forssk.

Description of the genus

Perennial herbs or shrubs, usually densely stellate-tomentose. Stipules linear, Leaves crenate-serrate or entire. Flowers yellow. Sepals 5, free almost to base. Bracts of the epicalyx 3, persistent. Stamens 5, alternating with 5 conspicuous staminodes. Ovary sessile, 5-locular. Stigmas 5, linear. Fruit a loculicidal capsule.

Worldwide: 60 species in the tropical Old World

Botswana: 8 taxa.

Melhania virescens

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
acuminata Mast. var. acuminata N,SEDescription, Image
acuminata Mast. var. agnosta (K. Schum.) WildSEDescription, Image
acuminata × forbesii SW
burchellii DC.SW,SEDescription
forbesii Planch. ex Mast.NDescription, Image
prostrata DC.SEDescription, Image
rehmannii Szyszyl.N,SEDescription, Image
virescens (K. Schum.) K. Schum.N,SWDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Melhania:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: Melhania
Flora of Mozambique: Melhania
Flora of Zambia: Melhania
Flora of Zimbabwe: Melhania

External websites:

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

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: Melhania.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=949, retrieved 17 June 2024

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