4588.000 Smodingium E. Mey. ex Sond.

Description of the genus

Suffrutices or small trees, sometimes semi-scandent, with contact dermatitis-causing exudate. Leaves alternate, trifoliolate, margins sharply toothed. Flowers unisexual, in thyrses that are terminal, axillary or both. Male flowers: calyx and corolla 5-partite; disk glabrous, orange, 10-crenulate; stamens 5; pistillode present. Female flowers: calyx, corolla and disk similar to males; staminodes present; ovary 3-carpellate; styles 3, basally adnate and recurved; stigmas 3, capitate; ovule 1, lateral, pendulous. Samara subcircular with marginal wing; 1-locular, with persistent calyx and styles. Seed reniform. [Description contributed by Dr Susan Pell]

Worldwide: 1 species in eastern South Africa

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

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argutum E. Mey.

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Smodingium.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1643, retrieved 30 May 2023

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