5478.000 Cuphea P. Browne

Bailey, L.H. (1949) Manual of Cultivated Plants Revised edition. Macmillan, New York.

Description of the genus

Herbs or shrubs. Leaves opposite or whorled. Flowers zygomorphic, solitary or borne in clusters or racemes. Calyx tube elongated and corolla-like, ribbed, spurred or gibbous at the base, oblique at mouth with 6 primary teeth or lobes and usually as many secondary teeth. Petals 6 (rarely 0 or 2). Stamens 11, rarely fewer. Ovary usually superior, sessile with a gland at the base, unequally 2-locular. Stigma capitate, 2-lobed. Capsule oblong, papery, dehiscing laterally.

Derivation of name: Greek for curved, referring to the base of the calyx tube

Worldwide: 260 species, occurring in America

Zimbabwe: 4 cultivated taxa.

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SpeciesContent
hyssopifolia Kunth
ignea A. DC.
llavea La Llave & Lex.
micropetala Kunth

Other sources of information about Cuphea:

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-14

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2014). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Cuphea.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1823, retrieved 21 September 2014

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