4303.000 Breynia J. Forst. & G. Forst.

Fayaz, F. (2011) Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants Firefly Books, New Zealand

Description of the genus

Shrubs or trees. Stipules triangular, caducous. Leaves simple, alternate, distichous, petiolate; lamina entire, adaxially often drying to blackish; pinnately veined. Inflorescence axillary, male few-flowered clusters in proximal axils, female flowers solitary in distal axis; calyx turbinate, funnelform, or hemi-spheric; fleshy apex usually 6-lobed, lobes usually incurved concealing stamens; petals absent; disc lobes scale-like, at base of calyx lobes. Fruit usually berries, globose or depressed globose, red, indehiscent. Seeds sharply 3-angled, yellow or reddish.

Worldwide: 26-30 species in tropical Asia, Australia, Pacific Islands.

Zimbabwe: 2 cultivated taxa.

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disticha J.R. & G. Forst. var. disticha Image
stipitata Müll. Arg.

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Breynia
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Breynia

External websites:

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

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: Breynia.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1755, retrieved 18 June 2024

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