3101.000 Capparis L.

Description of the genus

Shrubs or small trees, often climbing; branches often spiny. Leaves simple, entire. Inflorescences of terminal or axillary racemes, sometimes condensed into corymbs or umbels. Flowers bisexual. Sepals 4. Petals usually 4. Stamens 6-many. Androgynophore very short. Gynophore present. Fruit a usually indehiscent, spherical, ovoid or elongated berry.

Worldwide: 250 species in tropical and warm regions

Zimbabwe: 5 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Belenois aurota (Brown-veined white)
Belenois gidica (African veined white)
Belenois thysa (False dotted border)
Colotis evenina (Common orange tip)
Colotis evippe (Smoky orange tip)
Leptosia alcesta (African wood white)
Capparis tomentosa

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesLinks to mapsFZ divisionsContent
erythrocarpos Isert var. rosea (Klotzsch) DeWolfN,WDescription, Image
fascicularis DC. var. fascicularis SDescription, Image
sepiaria L. var. subglabra (Oliv.) DeWolfN,E,SDescription, Image
tomentosa Lam.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
viminea Hook. f. & Thomson ex Oliv. var. viminea N,EDescription

Other sources of information about Capparis:

Our websites:

Flora of Mozambique: Capparis
Flora of Zambia: Capparis

External websites:

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

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: Capparis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=630, retrieved 18 April 2014

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