0573.000 Calamus L.

Fayaz, F. (2011) Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants Firefly Books, New Zealand

Description of the genus

Palms, usually scandent, sometimes erect; dioecious, solitary or in small clumps; usually with very long stems. Leaves pinnate 1(-9) divided into numerous segments; rhachis often with sharp hooked spines; leaf sheath usually very prickly. Inflorescence axillary, much-branched; armed often with a sterile, whip-like prolongation; flowers usually arranged in 2 ranks; bracts many, persistent. Flowers minute. Fruit usually solitary, sometimes 2 or 3; globose or ellipsoid; covered in scales.

Worldwide: 381 species in tropical Africa and tropical and sub-tropical Asia and SW pacific.

Zambia: 1 taxon.

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deerratus G. Mann & H. Wendl.NLp

Other sources of information about Calamus:

External websites:

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

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: Calamus.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1912, retrieved 8 February 2023

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