Description of the genus
Trees or shrubs. Leaves imparipinnate with 1 (and thus appearing simple) - 15 subopposite leaflets; stipels present at base of leaflet; terminal leaflet sometimes larger than the others. Inflorescence an irregular panicle of numerous flowers. Calyx campanulate with 5 short teeth, the upper pair of which are ± completely united. Corolla white, pink or purplish. Vexillary stamen partially connate with the other 9. Pod flattened, indehiscent, sometimes winged.
Worldwide: 12 species in tropical and S Africa; Madagascar
Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.Insects associated with this genus:
|No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species
|violacea (Klotzsch) Schrire||Description, Image|
Other sources of information about Philenoptera:
Our websites:Flora of Botswana
: PhilenopteraFlora of Caprivi
: PhilenopteraFlora of Malawi
: PhilenopteraFlora of Mozambique
: PhilenopteraFlora of Zambia
: PhilenopteraFlora of Zimbabwe
(electronic Plant Information Center): PhilenopteraFlora Zambesiaca
web site: PhilenopteraGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for PhilenopteraIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): PhilenopteraKew Herbarium catalogue
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-16
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Philenoptera.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=753, retrieved 26 July 2016