Description of the genus
Herbs or shrubs. Flowers either solitary and axillary or in axillary and terminal racemes. Epicalyx of 7-10 filiform to linear bracts. Calyx 5-lobed or -toothed. Corolla white, purple or pink. Ovary 5-locular; ovules 1 per loculus.
Fruit a capsule, this depressed-spherical with 5 prominent angles.
Derivation of name: Named after V.F. Kosteletzky, writer of medical history
Worldwide: 30 species in N America, tropical and S Africa and Madagascar
Other sources of information about Kosteletzkya:ePIC
(electronic Plant Information Center): KosteletzkyaFlora Zambesiaca
web site: KosteletzkyaGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for KosteletzkyaIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): KosteletzkyaKew Herbarium catalogue
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten and Petra Ballings, 2002-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T. & Ballings, P.
. Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Kosteletzkya.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=944, retrieved 21 May 2013