Mitracarpus Zucc. ex Schult. & Schult.f.

Bridson, D.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2003) Rubiaceae, Part 3 Flora Zambesiaca 5(3)

Description of the genus

Erect or prostrate annual or perennial herbs with 4-angled stems. Stipules connate with the petioles to form a sheath. Leaves opposite; lamina linear-lanceolate to ovate or broadly elliptic. Inflorescence dense spherical sessile terminal or axillary heads. Calyx tube obconic, obovoid or subglobose; teeth 4–5, 2 often longer; corolla salver-shaped or funnel-shaped, lobes 4. Fruit a thin circumscissile capsule, the upper part splitting off together with the calyx lobes, the septum persistent. Seeds oblong or globose, endosperm fleshy.

Worldwide: 30-40 species mostly in South America.

Zambia: 1 taxon.

Mitracarpus hirtus

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hirtus (L.) DC. NLpDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Mitracarpus:

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Mitracarpus
Flora of Malawi: Mitracarpus

External websites:

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

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: Mitracarpus., retrieved 4 December 2023

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