1301.000 Hesperantha Ker Gawl.

Description of the genus

Perennial herbs, dying back each year, with corms. Inflorescence a spike. Floral bracts green or membranous above; the inner smaller than the outer. Flowers actinomorphic, usually white or pink, opening in the evening; tepals subequal, spreading or cup-shaped, united below into a straight or curved tube. Stamens symmetrically arranged. Style dividing at the mouth of the perianth tube into 3 large spreading branches. Fruit a capsule, sometimes dehiscing only in upper third. Seeds sometimes slightly winged.

Worldwide: c. 65-70 species in subsaharan Africa

Zimbabwe: 3 taxa.

Hesperantha petitiana

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SpeciesLinks to mapsFZ divisionsContent
ballii Wild[VU]EDescription, Image
longicollis BakerW,CDescription
petitiana (A. Rich.) BakerEDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Hesperantha:

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Flora of Mozambique: Hesperantha
Flora of Zambia: Hesperantha

External websites:

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

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: Hesperantha.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=385, retrieved 21 August 2014

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