7769.000 Pterodiscus Hook.

Description of the genus

Perennial herbs; stems arising from a persistent basal organ; this either (1) a short swollen aerial stem arising from an underground tuber of about the same diameter or (2) a scarcely swollen stem arising from a broader swollen subterranean tuber. Leaves ± fleshy, linear to strap-shaped; sinuate to pinnatilobed. Corolla lacking a basal spur (but may be gibbous). Flowers solitary in axils, the colour (in ours) yellow (sometimes suffused with purple) or dark purple to wine-red. Calyx small. Stamens 4. Ovary 2-locular. Fruit indehiscent, with 4 prominent wings; upper part sterile, beak-like.

Worldwide: 18 species in tropical and South Africa

Zambia: 1 taxon.

Pterodiscus elliottii

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elliottii Baker ex StapfN,EEDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Pterodiscus:

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Flora of Botswana: Pterodiscus
Flora of Mozambique: Pterodiscus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Pterodiscus

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Pterodiscus
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Pterodiscus
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Pterodiscus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Pterodiscus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Pterodiscus

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: Genus page: Pterodiscus.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1311, retrieved 4 August 2020

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