7359.000 Syncolostemon E. Mey.

HEMIZYGIA (Benth.) Briq.

Clarke, H. & Charters, M. (ed. Moll, E.) (2016) The Illustrated Dictionary of Southern African Plant Names Jacana Media, South Africa

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs, suffrutices or small trees. Leaves opposite. Flowers bisexual; verticils 2-6-flowered in a usually lax inflorescence; sometimes topped with a crown of brightly coloured terminal bracts. Calyx 2-lipped; upper lip ovate, entire, accrescent in fruit; lower lip with 4 teeth or with lateral lobes. Corolla white to pink or purple. Stamens declinate, held over or included within the anterior (lower) corolla lip. Anterior and posterior filament pairs separated by a clear gap at the insertion point in the corolla tube; anterior filaments fused together. Ovaries glabrous. Nutlets brown.

Derivation of name: From the Greek: syn- meaning united; kolos meaning curtailed, stunted; stemon meaning pillar or stamen; probably referring to the fused anterior filaments.

Worldwide: 46 species, mostly native to eastern South Africa, but also in tropical Africa, Madagascar and India.

Zambia: 2 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
bracteosus (Benth.) D.F. OtienoB,N,C,E,SNw,N,Mc,C,Lk,S,WDescription, Image
welwitschii (Rolfe) D.F. OtienoBNw

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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: Syncolostemon.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1237, retrieved 17 July 2024

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