Description of the genus
Subshrubby herbs, shrubs or small trees. Leaves opposite or rarely in whorls of 3, usually glabrous. Stipules sometimes united into a sheath. Flowers 4-5-merous, heterostylous, in branched terminal panicles. Calyx tube ribbed; lobes triangular or linear. Buds and corolla lobes often with longitudinal narrow wing-like keels. Corolla white, pink or purple; tube cylindric.
Ovary 2-locular; ovule solitary in each loculus, erect from the base.
Fruits succulent, with 2 pyrenes; pyrenes opening by 1 dorsal slit.
Worldwide: 42 species in the Old World tropics, especially Madagascar
Zimbabwe: 1 taxon.
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Other sources of information about Chassalia:
Our websites:Flora of Malawi
: ChassaliaFlora of Mozambique
: ChassaliaFlora of Zambia
(electronic Plant Information Center): ChassaliaFlora Zambesiaca
web site: ChassaliaGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for ChassaliaIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): ChassaliaKew 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: Chassalia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1415, retrieved 1 July 2016