Baissea A. DC.

Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. & Kupicha, F.K. et al. (1985) Apocynaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(2)

Description of the genus

Rhizomatous creepers, climbing shrubs or lianas with white latex. Spines, tendrils and stipules absent. Leaves petiolate; petiole with glands on the adaxial side; lamina with the midrib impressed above and prominent beneath; secondary veins curved towards the margin, anastomosing; tufts of hairs (domatia) usually present in the axils of some secondary veins. Inflorescences axillary and sometimes at the same time terminal. Calyx lobes imbricate, almost free, at the base; corolla tube obconical, with a short urceolate base; inside with tufts of hairs alternating with the stamens; corolla lobes contorted in bud and overlapping to the right, spreading to reflexed. Ovary semi-inferior; carpels two, multi-ovulate, surrounded by a disk. Fruit composed of 2 pendulous, follicular, narrowly cylindric mericarps, these sometimes united at the apices. Seeds narrowly ellipsoid, more or less laterally compressed, not rostrate, with an apical coma; endosperm in a thin layer completely surrounding the embryo.

Worldwide: Species 14, in Africa.

Zambia: 2 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
myrtifolia (Benth.) PichonNLp
wulfhorstii SchinzB,N,SLp,S,W

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Flora of Botswana: Baissea
Flora of Caprivi: Baissea
Flora of Malawi: Baissea

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

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-18

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2018). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Baissea., retrieved 25 March 2018

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