829.000 Mesanthemum Körn.

Description of the genus

Robust rhizomatous perennials (in ours). Leaves in a basal rosette, linear, spongy, usually hairy, but becoming hairless with age. Capitulum spherical or flattened. Involucral bracts in several overlapping series, coriaceous with a scarious margin. Floral bracts filiform with expanded hary tips; both floral bracts and flowers embedded in a woolly cushion of long receptacular hairs. Flowers 3-merous. Petals usually eglandular. Male flowers: sepals membranous, free or basally connate; petals connate into a fleshy tube; 3 epipetalous glands within; stamens 6, twice as many as the petals; anthers yellowish. Female flowers: sepals free; petals connate into a tube, only the bases free, the tube with 3 linear glands within and densely white-pilose at the tip. Seeds subspherical, densely covered in white hair-like projections.

Worldwide: 15 species in tropical Africa and two Madagascan endemics

Zambia: 4 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
glabrum Kimpouni N,WN,W
pilosum Kimpouni B,N,W,CC
radicans (Benth.) Körn. NN
variabile Kimpouni N,WNw

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Flora of Malawi: Mesanthemum
Flora of Mozambique: Mesanthemum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Mesanthemum

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

Copyright: Mike Bingham, Annette Willemen, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Mark Hyde, 2011-20

Bingham, M.G., Willemen, A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. and Hyde, M.A. (2020). Flora of Zambia: Genus page: Mesanthemum.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=313, retrieved 19 September 2020

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