Chaetocarpus Thwaites

Description of the genus

Dioecious trees or shrubs, without milky latex. Leaves alternate, simple, entire, eglandular. Stipules present. Flowers in axillary fascicles: male fascicles many-flowered; female few-flowered. Male flowers: pedicels jointed; sepals 4-6, free, imbricate; petals 0; disk glands extrastaminal; stamens 5-16, borne on a column; pistillode 3-fid, hairy. Female flowers: sepals as in the male flowers; petals 0; disk cup-shaped, crenulate; ovary 3-locular with 1 ovule per loculus; styles 3. Fruit ellipsoid, splitting into 2-valved cocci, covered in bristles and tubercles. Seeds flattened-ovoid.

Worldwide: A pantropical genus of 10-12 species, two in the Congo Basin and another in Madagascar.

Zambia: 1 taxon.

Chaetocarpus africanus

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Other sources of information about Chaetocarpus:

External websites:

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

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: Chaetocarpus., retrieved 27 May 2022

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