Thonningia Vahl

Stannard, B.L. (2006) Balanophoraceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3)

Description of the genus

Parasitic herb growing from horizontal, irregularly shaped tubers emitting cylindric branched rhizomes. Inflorescences of involucrate heads of flowers from buds on tuber, unbranched, pedunculate to sessile; peduncles densely covered with imbricate scales; receptacle of male inflorescences flat to slightly convex, of female inflorescences conical to hemispherical; perianth segments spirally arranged, unequal in length and extent of attachment to synandrium; perianth cylindric, irregularly 2–4-lobed; ovary inferior, 1-locular. Fruits 1-seeded achenes aggregated into a hemispherical infructescence.

Worldwide: 1 species in tropical Africa.

Zambia: 1 taxon.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
sanguinea Vahl B,WNw,CbDescription, Image

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

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: Thonningia., retrieved 9 February 2023

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