Virectaria Bremek.

Bridson, D.M. (1998) Rubiaceae, Part 2 Flora Zambesiaca 5(2)

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs or subshrubby herbs with erect or procumbent stems from a fibrous rootstock. Leaves paired. Stipules small, limbs free, entire. Flowers small, in few- to many-flowered cymose clusters at the apices of the main shoots. Calyx tube ovoid or urceolate; lobes 5–6, spathulate, filiform or lanceolate with small glands between each pair; corolla tube filiform to narrowly infundibuliform, lobes 4–6(7), deltoid to lanceolate, suberect. Fruit capsule, subglobose, splitting in a plane at right angles to the central partition into 2 valves one of which often falls away. Seeds small, brownish, subglobose.

Worldwide: Seven species in tropical Africa.

Zambia: 2 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
major (K.Schum.) Verdc. subsp. decumbens Verdc. N
major (K.Schum.) Verdc. subsp. major NLp,NImage

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

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: Virectaria., retrieved 4 December 2023

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