5056.000 Hermannia L.

Description of the genus

Herbs or small shrubs. Stipules present (in ours). Leaves ± entire or dentate. Flowers bisexual, yellow, reddish, purplish or white, 1-several on axillary peduncles. Bracts 1 or 2 on the peduncle or 0 (kirkii). Calyx 5-lobed. Petals 5. Filaments variously shaped. Ovary 5-locular. Capsule dehiscent with 5 valves.

Derivation of name: Named after Paul Herman (1640-1695), Prof. of botany in Leyden and early collector at the Cape.

Worldwide: Over 100 species in tropical and warm areas

Botswana: 12 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Hyalites eponina (Dancing acraea or Small orange acraea)
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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
boraginiflora Hook.SEDescription
burkei Burtt DavySE
comosa Burch. ex DC.SW
eenii Baker f.N,SWDescription, Image
glanduligera K. Schum.NDescription, Image
guerkeana K. Schum.N
kirkii Mast.N,SWDescription, Image
modesta (Ehrenb.) Mast.SWDescription, Image
parvula Burtt-DavySE
quartiniana A. Rich.N,SW,SEDescription, Image
seineri Engl.
tomentosa (Turcz.) Schinz ex Engl.N,SE

Other sources of information about Hermannia:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

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

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: Hermannia.
https://www.botswanaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=951, retrieved 21 July 2024

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