4629.000 Catha Forssk. ex Scop.

Description of the genus

Glabrous trees or shrubs. Stipules rapidly caducous. Leaves opposite on flowering shoots, alternate on vegetative ones. Inflorescence pedunculate, regularly dichasial. Flowers bisexual. Sepals 5, united at base. Petals 5. Disk intrastaminal. Stamens 5. Ovary superior. Stigmas 3. Fruit a dehiscent capsule. Seeds 1-3, winged.

Derivation of name: latinised from the Arabic word khat, referring to the leaves of the species which are chewed as a stimulant

Worldwide: 3 species from SW Arabia to South Africa

Zambia: 1 taxon.

Catha edulis

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SpeciesFZ divisionsProvincesContent
edulis (Vahl) Forssk. ex Endl.N,WCb,N,McDescription, Image

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

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: Catha.
https://www.zambiaflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=887, retrieved 5 August 2020

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