6642.000 Alafia Thouars

Description of the genus

Lianes or climbing shrubs, with milky latex. Leaves opposite. Stipules paired, triangular. Inflorescences of terminal, umbellate cymes. Calyx lobes free to base. Corolla salver-shaped; tube cylindric; lobes overlapping to the right. Stamens inserted at about the middle of the corolla. Ovary of 2 free carpels. Fruit of 2 follicles. Seeds linear-flattened, with an apical tuft of hairs.

Worldwide: 26 species in tropical Africa and Madagascar

Zimbabwe: 3 taxa.

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SpeciesLinks to mapsFZ divisionsContent
caudata Stapf subsp. latiloba KupichaEDescription
orientalis K. Schum. ex De Wild.EDescription
zambesiaca KupichaN,W,C,E,SDescription

Other sources of information about Alafia:

Our websites:

Flora of Mozambique: Alafia
Flora of Zambia: Alafia

External websites:

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

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: Genus page: Alafia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1115, retrieved 2 September 2014

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