3702.020 Microcharis Benth.

Description of the genus

Annual or sometimes perennial herbs; hairs whitish. Stipules broadly ovate. Leaves 1-9 foliate or simple, basal leaves often distinct from upper; leaflets opposite, venation prominent beneath, no stipules on leaflets. Racemes axillary or terminal, laxly flowered. Bracts persistent; pedicels often spreading. Calyx lobes equal or longer than tube. Corolla pink, wings similar, twisting outwards so appearing tripetaloous. Pods spreading to erect, usually at an angle to the pedicel; laterally compressed, sutures usually thickened. Seeds squarish, crowded.

Worldwide: 36 species in Africa and Madagascar

Zambia: 8 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
angolensis BakerN,C,EN,E,Lk
annua (Milne-Redh.) SchrireBW
asparagoides (Taub.) Schrire N,W,C,ENw,N
butayei (De Wild.) Schrire N,WCb,N
ephemera (J.B.Gillett) Schrire N,WNw,N
praetermissa (Baker f.) Schrire NN
spathulata (J.B.Gillett) Schrire [DD]NLp,N
welwitschii (Baker) SchrireN,WNw,N,C

Other sources of information about Microcharis:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Microcharis
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Microcharis
Flora of Malawi: Microcharis
Flora of Mozambique: Microcharis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Microcharis

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Microcharis
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Microcharis
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Microcharis
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Microcharis
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Microcharis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Microcharis
JSTOR Plant Science: Microcharis
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Microcharis
Plants of the World Online: Microcharis
Tropicos: Microcharis
Wikipedia: Microcharis

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Microcharis.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1955, retrieved 14 June 2024

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