7145.010 Phyla Lour.

Description of the genus

Creeping perennial herbs, rooting at the nodes. Leaves opposite, simple, subentire to toothed; lamina with appressed, medifixed hairs. Inflorescences ± long-pedunculate, axillary, short, ovoid to cylindric, very dense bracteate spikes. Calyx membranous, 2-lobed, flattened. Corolla with short tube and spreading irregularly ± 4-lobed limb. Stamens 4. Fruit of 2 nutlets, enclosed by a persistent calyx.

Derivation of name: from the Greek phylon meaning a swarm or school, probably in reference to the spreading mat-like growth of these species.

Worldwide: c. 11 species in tropical and warm areas

Zimbabwe: 2 cultivated taxa.

No image of a cultivated species but there is an image of a native or naturalised species

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

nodiflora (L.) Greene var. nodiflora Description, Image
nodiflora (L.) Greene var. minor (Gillies & Hook.) N. O'Leary & Múlgura

Other sources of information about Phyla:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Phyla
Flora of Caprivi: Phyla
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Phyla
Flora of Malawi: Phyla
Flora of Mozambique: Phyla
Flora of Zambia: Phyla
Flora of Zimbabwe: Phyla

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Phyla
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Phyla
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Phyla
GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility): Phyla
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
iNaturalist: Phyla
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Phyla
JSTOR Plant Science: Phyla
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Phyla
Plants of the World Online: Phyla
Tropicos: Phyla
Wikipedia: Phyla

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Phyla.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1204, retrieved 4 March 2024

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