1247.010 Xerophyta Juss.


Gonçalves, A.E. (2009) Velloziaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(2)

Description of the genus

Perennial herbs or shrubs. Stems and branches covered in a thick covering of leaf bases. Flowers with or without a rudimentary corona, solitary on each peduncle. Perianth segments 6, blue, dark purple or white; tube very short. Stamens 6, borne on the perianth. Ovary ± spherical or slightly trigonous, spiny or hairy with trichomes. Seeds clavate or attenuate-conical, angled.

Worldwide: 30 species in central S America, tropical and subtropical Africa, Madagascar and Saudi Arabia.

Zambia: 15 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
capillaris Baker var. occultans L.B. Sm. & AyensuC
equisetoides Baker var. pubescens L.B. Smith & AyensuWNw
equisetoides Baker var. setosa L.B. Smith & AyensuN,SN,S
equisetoides Baker var. trichophylla (Baker) L.B. Smith & AyensuN,W,C,ECb,N,E,C
equisetoides Baker var. pauciramosa L.B. Sm. & AyensuWNw
eylesii (Greves) N.L. MenezesSS
humilis (Baker) T. Durand & SchinzC,SLk,SDescription, Image
nutans L.B. Sm. & Ayensu N,EN,Mc
simulans L.B. Sm. & AyensuNNDescription
spekei Baker NN,E
suaveolens (Greves) N.L. Menezes var. suaveolens N,W,SCb,Mc,S
suaveolens (Greves) N.L. Menezes var. vestita L.B. Smith & AyensuN,W,C,ECb,N,E,C
velutina Baker
villosa (Baker) L.B. Sm. & Ayensu[LR-nt]NNImage
zambiana L.B. Smith & AyensuC,E,S

Other sources of information about Xerophyta:

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Flora of Botswana: Xerophyta
Flora of Malawi: Xerophyta
Flora of Mozambique: Xerophyta
Flora of Zimbabwe: Xerophyta

External websites:

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

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: Xerophyta.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=373, retrieved 24 September 2023

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