Bertiera Aubl.

Description of the genus

Small trees or shrubs, rarely lianes. Stipules persistent, usually connate above the nodes for a short distance. Leaves shortly petiolate; blades thin or scarcely coriaceous, mid and lateral veins usually prominent beneath; petioles normally channelled above. Inflorescence panicles, cymes or spherical compact heads, terminal, 5-merous; calyx limb-tube cup-shaped and frequently wider than the tube in flower, but narrower in fruit, truncate or 5-toothed or –lobed; corolla with a hairy throat, often with the walls of tube toughened or thick, tube exceeding the calyx limb, lobes (4)5, usually acuminate or apiculate, contorted to the left in the bud. Disk cup-shaped or annular, glabrous, fleshy. Ovary 2-celled with numerous ovules inserted on a thickened placenta. Fruit indehiscent, ovoid or globose, often coriaceous; calyx limb persistent and pedicels sometimes accrescent. Seeds numerous, red-brown to black, angular.

Worldwide: Species 60, in Africa, Madagascar, Mascarenes and New World.

Zambia: 1 taxon.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
angusiana N. Hallé N,WNw,Lp,N

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

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: Bertiera., retrieved 19 August 2022

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