7985.000 Crossandra Salisb.

Leistner, O.A. (ed.) (2000) Seed plants of southern Africa: families and genera Strelitzia 10

Description of the genus

Perennial herbs or small shrubs. Inflorescence a terminal spike, often borne on a long peduncle. Bracts prominent, ovate; bracteoles as a long as calyx. Calyx ± zygomorphic with a short tube and 5 longer lobes, the upper lobe broadest and often 2-toothed. Corolla 1-lipped, yellow, orange or red, the lip 5-lobed; adaxial suture slit. Stamens 4, all 1-thecous, included within the corolla tube; filaments epipetalous for most of their length. Disk annular. Ovary ellipsoid. Seeds borne on retinacula.

Worldwide: c. 50 species in tropical Africa, Asia, Arabia and Madagascar

Zambia: 5 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
nilotica Oliv.N,WNw,Lp
pinguior S. MooreW,C,EE,C,Lk
puberula KlotzschEEDescription, Image
spinescens DunkleyC,SLk,SDescription, Image
sulphurea G.Taylor NN

Other sources of information about Crossandra:

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Crossandra
Flora of Malawi: Crossandra
Flora of Mozambique: Crossandra
Flora of Zimbabwe: Crossandra
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Crossandra

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-23

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2023). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Crossandra.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1344, retrieved 11 December 2023

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