Description of the genus
Small shrubs or woody climbers. Leaves alternate or opposite, glabrous. Infl of terminal or axillary cymes. Flowers 5-merous. Calyx-tube not articulated above the ovary. Petals present, small, glandular, arranged in a ring at the base of the calyx lobes. Stamens twice as many as the calyx lobes. Ovary 1-locular. Fruit dry.
Worldwide: 4-5 species in tropical Africa 1 of which occus in Madagascar.
Other sources of information about Synaptolepis:Flora of Mozambique
(electronic Plant Information Center): SynaptolepisFlora Zambesiaca
web site: SynaptolepisGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for SynaptolepisIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): SynaptolepisKew 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: Synaptolepis.
http://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=998, retrieved 24 May 2013