Smithia Aiton

Brummitt, R.K., Harder, D.K., Lewis, G.P., Lock, J.M., Polhill, R.M. and Verdcourt, B. (2007) Leguminosae Subfamily Papilionoideae Flora Zambesiaca 3(3)

Description of the genus

Erect or decumbent herbs or subshrubs. Leaves pinnately 6–12-foliolate; leaflets opposite, ± asymmetric at the base, with a single centrally placed main nerve; stipules membranous, persistent; stipels absent. Inflorescence axillary, usually dense, ± umbel-like scorpioid cymes; bracts entire, scarious, brownish, shorter than the flowers and soon falling; bracteoles present, scarious, inserted below the calyx, persistent. Calyx scarious, 2-lipped; lips entire or slightly toothed; corolla small, usually red or blue.Standard rounded or obovate, often emarginate; wings oblong, obliquely appendaged at the base, with a series of small pockets, free; keel petals with a lateral appendage almost equalling the claw. Ovary linear, shortly stipitate, 2–9-ovuled. Fruit stipitate, folded like a concertina, included in the persistent accrescent calyx, articulate; segments rounded, indehiscent. Seeds mostly compressed-reniform.

Worldwide: About 30 species in the Old World Tropics, mostly Asia and Madagascar.

Zambia: 1 taxon.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
elliotii Baker f. var. elliotii Nw,N,C

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Flora of Mozambique: Smithia

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

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-19

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2019). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Smithia., retrieved 18 July 2019

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