Tetracera L.

Description of the genus

Shrubs, small trees or lianes with entire or denticulate often scabrous leaves; stipules absent or represented by a narrow wing adnate to the petiole. Flowers moderate or large in terminal cymes, racemes or panicles. Sepals 5, convex, imbricate, persistent and becoming leathery in fruit. Petals as many as the sepals or fewer, often emarginate. Stamens very numerous, dilated towards the apex, anther-thecae borne on the margins of the dilated connective parallel or divergent below. Carpels 3-5, free, each with a simple style; ovules few to many borne on the ventral suture of the carpel. Fruiting carpels brittle and woody or leathery when ripe, dehiscing along the ventral or along both sutures. Seeds few with a laciniate aril.

Comment: Two species in Zambia, T. masuiana, a suffrutex in northern miombo woodland, and T. alnifolia, a woody climber in gallery forest.

Zambia: 2 taxa.

Tetracera masuiana

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
alnifolia Willd. [LR-lc]N,WNw,Lp,NDescription, Image
masuiana De Wild. & T. Durand N,WNw,Lp,NDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Tetracera:

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Tetracera
Flora of Mozambique: Tetracera

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-24

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2024). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Tetracera.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=2263, retrieved 13 April 2024

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