7191.000 Clerodendrum L.


Description of the genus

Trees, shrubs, subshrubs or lianes, usually strongly foetid when crushed. Leaves opposite or in whorls of 3-4, simple. Flowers in lax cymes, panicles, corymbs or heads, rarely solitary. Calyx campanulate to tubular, truncate to 5-toothed. often accrescent in fruit, sometimes coloured and showy. Flower bud symmetrical, or if asymmetrical usually expanding on the upper side due to resupination; anterior corolla lobe only slightly (if at all) larger than the other 4. Corolla white, blue, violet or red; tube sometimes very long or only as long as the calyx. Stamens 4-5, didynamous, usually long-exserted; anthers dorsifixed. Ovary imperfectly 4-locular. Stigma 2-fid, exserted, the lobes equal. Fruit a drupe, often 4-grooved and ± (2-)4-lobed.

Worldwide: c. 400 species in tropical and warm countries

Zimbabwe: 2 cultivated taxa.

Insects associated with this genus:
Acherontia atropos (Death's head hawk) Food plant
Rhodogastria amasis (Tri-coloured tiger) Food plant
No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species

Links to cultivated taxa    View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

schweinfurthii GürkeDescription, Image
thomsoniae Balf.

Other sources of information about Clerodendrum:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Clerodendrum
Flora of Malawi: Clerodendrum
Flora of Mozambique: Clerodendrum
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Clerodendrum
Flora of Zambia: Clerodendrum
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Clerodendrum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Clerodendrum

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Clerodendrum
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Clerodendrum
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Clerodendrum
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Clerodendrum
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Clerodendrum

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2016). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Clerodendrum.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1212, retrieved 23 October 2016

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