Description of the genus
Dioecious reddish parasites, with a large irregular tuber, which does not produce rhizomes. Leaves scale-like, many, spirally arranged. Inflorescence much-branched, bearing unisexual flowers. Male plants: inflorescence branches bearing flowers in groups of 2-4 on short secondary branches, each branch subtended by a bract; male flowers 3(-4)-merous. Female plants: inflorescence branches with 5-12 subglobular spadix-like clusters of ± 200 flowers sunk in a common receptacle; style 0. Fruit a syncarp the fruits forming a spherical berry.
Worldwide: 2 species occurring in Africa
Zimbabwe: 1 taxon.
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Other sources of information about Sarcophyte:
Our websites:Flora of Malawi
: SarcophyteFlora of Mozambique
: SarcophyteFlora of Zambia
(electronic Plant Information Center): SarcophyteFlora Zambesiaca
web site: SarcophyteGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for SarcophyteIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): SarcophyteKew 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: Sarcophyte.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=509, retrieved 26 July 2016