Mechowia Schinz

Townsend, C.C. (1988) Amaranthaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(1)

Description of the genus

Perennial herbs with a stout rootstock and slender, erect stems. Leaves opposite, subopposite or some alternate, entire. Inflorescences dense, capitate with one flower in the axil of each bract; bracts persistent after fruit fall, bracteoles deciduous with the fruiting perianth. Perianth segments 5, free. Ovary uniovulate, densely lanate in at least the upper two-thirds; style elongate (often exserted), stigma solitary and small. Fruit capsule delicate, irregularly splitting with the ripening of the seed. Seeds yellow or reddish, somewhat compressed, feebly reticulate.

Worldwide: Species 2, in Central Africa.

Zambia: 2 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
grandiflora Schinz B,SNw,W
redactifolia C.C. Towns.NLp

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

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: Mechowia., retrieved 6 October 2022

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