Description of the genus
Shrubs or small trees, sometimes ± scrambling. Spines absent (in ours). Stipules oblong or triangular, hairy within. Leaves opposite (rarely whorled), petiolate, often with domatia.
Flowers axillary, solitary or in 2-10-flowered umbel-like cymes, peduncles and pedicels mostly clearly present, 5-merous, white, yellowish or greenish. Calyx tube subspherical. Corolla: tube cylindric; lobes acute or very long-apiculate or with a filiform appendage.
Ovary mostly 3-5-locular but some species 2-locular. Pollen presenter distinctly 2-5-lobed at apex.
Fruit usually spherical with 1-5 pyrenes.
Worldwide: 60-70 species in tropical Africa
Zimbabwe: 4 taxa.
Other sources of information about Rytigynia:
Our websites:Flora of Botswana
: RytigyniaFlora of Caprivi
: RytigyniaFlora of Malawi
: RytigyniaFlora of Mozambique
: RytigyniaFlora of Zambia
(electronic Plant Information Center): RytigyniaFlora Zambesiaca
web site: RytigyniaGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for RytigyniaIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): RytigyniaKew 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: Genus page: Rytigynia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1397, retrieved 28 June 2016