8489.000 Rubia L.

Description of the genus

Perennial herbs, creeping or climbing. Stems 4-angled, brittle. Stems, leaf margins and petioles with recurved prickles, the whole plant tending to cling to clothing. Stipules similar to the leaves. Leaves (and leaf-like stipules) in whorls of 4-8, petiolate. Flowers in axillary or terminal cymes, bisexual, usually 5-merous. Calyx reduced to a rim; teeth 0, not enclosed in an involucre. Corolla rotate to ± campanulate, greenish to yellow. Ovary 2-locular with 1 ovule per loculus. Fruit fleshy, glabrous, consisting of two round, 1-seeded mericarps.

Derivation of name: A name in Pliny for madder

Worldwide: 60 species in the Mediterranean, Africa, temperate Asia and America

Zambia: 1 taxon.

Rubia cordifolia subsp. conotricha

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
cordifolia L. subsp. conotricha (Gand.) Verdc.N,WNw,NDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Rubia:

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Flora of Botswana: Rubia
Flora of Malawi: Rubia
Flora of Mozambique: Rubia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Rubia

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Rubia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Rubia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Rubia
Wikipedia: Rubia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Rubia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Rubia

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-22

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2022). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Rubia.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1426, retrieved 29 November 2022

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