Description of the genus
Dioecious, less often monoecious, trees, shrubs or herbs. Indumentum simple. Leaves simple, alternate, entire. Flowers in axillary fascicles; female flowers sometimes solitary. Male flowers: pedicels jointed; sepals 5, imbricate; petals 5, free, clawed; disk with glands in 1-3 series on the sepals, petals and receptacle; stamens 5; pistillode present. Female flowers: sepals and petals as in male but persistent and hardening in fruit; ovary 3-locular with 1 ovule per loculus; styles 3. Fruit splitting into 3 2-valved cocci. Seeds shiny, black.
Worldwide: 70 species, mostly in Africa, including 2 in Arabia.
Zimbabwe: 12 taxa.
Other sources of information about Clutia:
Our websites:Flora of Botswana
: ClutiaFlora of Malawi
: ClutiaFlora of Mozambique
: ClutiaFlora of Zambia
(electronic Plant Information Center): ClutiaFlora Zambesiaca
web site: ClutiaGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for ClutiaIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): ClutiaKew 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: Clutia.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=867, retrieved 30 August 2016