4416.000 Tragia Plum. ex L.

Description of the genus

Erect or scrambling or twining, monoecious (rarely dioecious) perennial herbs or shrubs, with stinging hairs. Leaves alternate, stipulate, often cordate. Flowers in racemes, usually mostly male with 1-2 females at the base. Bracts conspicuous, persistent. Petals 0. Male flowers with 3 sepals and 3 stamens. Female flowers with 3 or 6 pinnate or palmate sepals, becoming enlarged in fruit. Ovary 3-locular.

Derivation of name: named after the German botanist Hieronymus Bock, whose Latin name was Tragus, 1498-1554.

Worldwide: 100 species in tropical and warm areas

Zambia: 13 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Byblia ilithyia (Spotted joker)
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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
angolensis Müll.Arg. W,C,SCb,Lk,S
benthamii BakerB,N,SN,S,W
brevipes PaxB,N,W,E,SCb,N,E,S,WDescription, Image
descampsii De Wild. SC
kirkiana Müll. Arg.WCbDescription, Image
lasiophylla Pax & K.Hoffm. B,NN,W
lukafuensis De Wild. N,WCb,Lp,N
micromeres Radcl.-Sm. [VU]NLp
okanyua PaxB,W,C,E,SCb,E,Lk,S,WDescription, Image
petiolaris Radcl.-Sm. B,N,WCb,N,W
prostrata Radcl.-Sm. [VU]NN
rhodesiae PaxW,CCb
stipularis Radcl.-Sm. SS

Other sources of information about Tragia:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Tragia
Flora of Caprivi: Tragia
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Tragia
Flora of Malawi: Tragia
Flora of Mozambique: Tragia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Tragia

External websites:

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

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: Tragia.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=858, retrieved 29 September 2023

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