7414.000 Solandra Sw.

Fayaz, F. (2011) Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants Firefly Books, New Zealand

Description of the genus

Scandent shrubs, high climbing hemi-epiphytes or large stemmed liana, unarmed, stems mostly glabrous, stout with no apparent pith, sometimes with flaking bark, often with aerial roots; twigs stout with a large pith. Leaves alternate, lamina simple, margins entire, membranous, coriaceous or somewhat succulent. Inflorescence with flowers solitary or few-flowered clusters, terminal at ends of twigs or on short shoots; pedicels stout; calyx mostly tubular, angled and sometimes inflated, deeply splitting in flower into 2-5 irregular lobes; corolla imbricate, often very large, fleshy, mostly glabrous, campanulate, often slightly zygomorphic, lobes entire to fimbriate and often recurved. Fruit berries, leathery, loosely enclosed by the ruptured calyx. Seeds many, reniform.

Worldwide: 10 species in tropical America

Zambia: 1 cultivated taxon.

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maxima (Sessé & Moc.) P.S. Green

Other sources of information about Solandra:

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Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Solandra
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Solandra

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-20

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2020). Flora of Zambia: Cultivated plants: genus page: Solandra.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/cult/genus.php?genus_id=2088, retrieved 4 August 2020

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