4533.000 Buxus L.

Friis, I. (2006) Buxaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(3) 251-254

Description of the genus

Small, usually much branched trees and shrubs; glabrous throughout. Leaves opposite, entire, coriaceous. Flowers in short compact spikes, often consisting of a terminal flower subtended by bracts in the axils of which are 2–4 flowers. Male flowers with 4 perianth segments, 2 outer and 2 inner ones, equal or unequal; rudimentary ovary truncate or 3-lobed at apex or absent. Female flowers with 4–6 perianth segments; ovary 3-locular; styles 3, thick, grooved and with recurved stigmatic part; ovules 2 per locule. Fruit capsular, dehiscing loculicidally, valves each with 2 apical, horn-like projections, representing remains of the styles; endocarp hard, separating from exocarp at maturity. Seeds usually 3-ridged or ovoid-oblong, with black, shiny testa.

Worldwide: 30 species, widely distributed in Eurasia, southern and tropical Africa, Madagascar and Central America.

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

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sempervirens L.

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Flora of Malawi: Buxus

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Buxus
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Buxus
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Tropicos: Buxus
Wikipedia: Buxus

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: Buxus.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1710, retrieved 22 May 2024

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