8154.000 Pentas Benth.

Description of the genus

Perennial herbs, subshrubs or shrubs. Stipules divided into filiform segments. Leaves opposite or in whorls of 3-5. Flowers bisexual, mono-, di- or (rarely) tri-morphic, mostly in branched terminal cymose inflorescences. Calyx lobes usually 5, either equal or unequal with 1-3 larger than the others, sometimes leaf-like. Ovary 2-locular. Capsule ovoid or obtriangular, ribbed, beaked, opening at apex. Seeds minute.

Worldwide: 34 species from Africa to Arabia and Madagascar

Zambia: 9 taxa.

Pentas schimperiana subsp. schimperiana

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
angustifolia (A.Rich. ex DC.) Verdc.W,C,SCb,C,Lk,SDescription, Image
bussei K. KrauseNN
decora S.Moore var. decora N,WNw,NDescription, Image
herbacea (Hiern) K.Schum. Cb
lindenioides (S.Moore) Verdc. EMc
nobilis S. MooreN,W,CCb,N,CDescription, Image
purpurea Oliv. subsp. mechowiana (K. Schum.) Verdc.Nw
purpurea Oliv. subsp. purpurea NNDescription, Image
schimperiana (A.Rich.) Vatke subsp. schimperiana EMcDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Pentas:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

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

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: Pentas.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1366, retrieved 29 November 2023

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