899.000 Aneilema R. Br.

Faden, R.B. (1991) The Morphology and Taxonomy of Aneilema R. Brown (Commelinaceae) Smithsonian Contributions to Botany Number 76 Smithsonian Institution Press

Description of the genus

Perennial herbs. Leaves alternate. Inflorescence a thyrse, usually terminal. Flowers bisexual, bisexual and male or bisexual, male and female; all types present in same inflorescence. Sepals 3, free. Petals 3, free, upper 2 with a claw, lower 1 (the central petal) usually reduced or different in form. Staminodes 3, with 2-lobed anthers. Stamens 3, the middle one differing from the other 2. Ovary 2-3-locular. Capsule usually dehiscent, puberulent, 2-valved.

Derivation of name: Without spathes or sheaths (Greek).

Worldwide: 62 species in warm zones, mostly in Africa

Zambia: 14 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
aequinoctiale (P. Beauv.) LoudonCDescription, Image
beniniense (P. Beauv.) KunthNDescription, Image
chrysopogon BrenanN
hirtum A. Rich.N
hockii De Wild.N,C,ESDescription, Image
johnstonii K. Schum.N,W,C,E,SC,LkDescription, Image
nicholsonii C.B. ClarkeN,C,E,SLk,S,WDescription, Image
pedunculosum C.B. ClarkeN,ELk,SDescription, Image
petersii (Hassk.) C.B. Clarke subsp. pallidiflorum Faden
plagiocapsa K. Schum.Lk
richardsae Brenan[DD]NNw
spekei C.B. ClarkeN
termitarium FadenN
welwitschii C.B. ClarkeN,W,CCDescription, Image

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Flora of Botswana: Aneilema
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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Aneilema
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Flora of Zimbabwe: Aneilema

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Wikipedia: Aneilema

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: Aneilema.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=316, retrieved 4 March 2024

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