Belonophora Hook. f.

Description of the genus

Trees or shrubs with much the appearance of coffee plants. Leaves paired; stipules elliptic, lanceolate or triangular, often tapering-subulate, deciduous. Flowers sessile in axillary fascicles; subtended by a series of bracteoles, the lowermost cupular, dimorphic. Calyx tube campanulate with 5 rounded imbricate lobes; corolla salver-shaped, the tube slender, somewhat narrowed at the base, appressed pubescent outside, glabrous at the throat, lobes 5, narrowly oblong, contorted to the right. Ovary 2-locular. Fruit stipitate, globose or ellipsoid-globose, 2-celled, with a leathery wall, marked at the apex with evident remains of the disk and calyx lobes. Seeds 2–4 per fruit, pendulous; endosperm horny. Testa present.

Worldwide: Species 12, in western Africa.

Zambia: 1 taxon.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
coffeoides Hook.f. subsp. hypoglauca (Hiern) Cheek & S.E.Dawson Nw

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Belonophora

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Belonophora
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Belonophora
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Belonophora
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Belonophora
JSTOR Plant Science: Belonophora
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Belonophora
Plants of the World Online: Belonophora
Tropicos: Belonophora
Wikipedia: Belonophora

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: Belonophora., retrieved 4 December 2023

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