Description of the genus
Erect or spreading, much-branched, monoecious, annuals or perennial herbs. Leaves alternate, petiolate. Ochrea membranous, caducous. Flowers unisexual; male flowers pedicellate in clusters on the upper part of branches or upper part of inflorescences; female flowers sessile in the axils below. Male flowers: perianth segments 5-6, free nearly to the base, spreading. Female flowers: perianth segments in 2 rows of 3, accrescent, the outer 3 each bearing a stout spine. Styles 3, widened and fimbriate at the tip. Nut trigonous.
Worldwide: 2 species, one in the Mediterranean area and the other native to South Africa and Namibia.
Zimbabwe: 1 taxon.
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Other sources of information about Emex:
Our websites:Flora of Botswana
: EmexFlora of Mozambique
(electronic Plant Information Center): EmexFlora Zambesiaca
web site: EmexGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for EmexIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): EmexKew 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: Emex.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=513, retrieved 4 December 2016