Description of the genus
Annuals. Flowers solitary or in 1-sided racemes, blue or violet, rarely white. Calyx 5-toothed. Corolla with long straight slender tube and 5-lobed ± zygomorphic limb. Stamens 4, didynamous; anthers of shorter pair with 1 cell undeveloped; fifth rudimentary stamen sometimes present. Capsule with 2-lobed valves.
Derivation of name: Named for John Browallius, 1707-55, botanist and Bishop of Abo, Sweden.
Worldwide: 2 species in tropical America
Other sources of information about Browallia:Flora of Zimbabwe
: cultivated Browallia pageePIC
(electronic Plant Information Center): BrowalliaFlora Zambesiaca
web site: BrowalliaGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for BrowalliaIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): BrowalliaKew Herbarium catalogue
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings, 2002-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. & Ballings, P.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Browallia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1257, retrieved 19 June 2013