4855.000 Greyia Hook. & Harv.

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

Description of the genus

Shrubs or small trees; bark thick and rough. Leaves crowded on thick terminal branches; lamina simple; margins irregularly crenate, shallowly lobed, glabrescent to densely villous, venation palmate; petiole sheathing. Inflorescence of terminal racemes; flowers actinomorphic; sepals 5, much shorter than the petals, imbricate, basally fused; petals 5, red, rarely white. Fruit a capsule, narrowly oblong; septicidal. Seeds numerous, minute. This genus was previously in Melianthaceae.

Derivation of name: after Sir George Grey, 1812-1898, Governor of the Cape Colony.

Worldwide: 3 species in Southern Africa.

Zimbabwe: 2 cultivated taxa.

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radlkoferi Szyzyl.
sutherlandii Hook. & Harv.

Other sources of information about Greyia:

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Greyia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Greyia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Greyia
Wikipedia: Greyia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Greyia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Greyia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Greyia.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1764, retrieved 17 August 2022

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