6343.000 Plumbago L. - Leadworts

Description of the genus

Perennial herbs or small shrubs. Inflorescence an elongated terminal spike. Calyx tubular, 5-ribbed. Stamens free. Ovary 1-locular. Fruit dehiscing in a ring near the base, often splitting into 5 valves from below.

Derivation of name: Plumbago: Latin for lead, of doubtful application

Worldwide: 24 species in tropical and warm regions

Zambia: 2 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Scopula minorata
Plumbago zeylanica

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
amplexicaulis Oliv.N,W,CCb,N,C
zeylanica L.B,N,W,C,E,SCb,N,Mc,E,Lk,S,WDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Plumbago:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Plumbago
Flora of Caprivi: Plumbago
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Plumbago
Flora of Malawi: Plumbago
Flora of Mozambique: Plumbago
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Plumbago
Flora of Zimbabwe: Plumbago
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Plumbago

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Plumbago.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1067, retrieved 24 February 2024

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