3208.000 Philadelphus L. - Mock orange

Staples, G.W. & Herbst, D.R. (2005) A Tropical Garden Flora; plants cultivated in the Hawaiian islands and other tropical places. Bishop Museum Press, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Description of the genus

Deciduous or evergreen shrubs, sometimes scrambling or climbing by twiggy stems. Leaves simple; blades serrate or entire, secondary veins 3 or 5 from the base. Inflorescence of terminal racemes or panicles, 3-flowered clusters, or flowers solitary. Flowers usually fragrant, petals usually white. Seeds numerous.

Derivation of name: after King Ptolemy Philadelphus of the 3rd century BC.

Worldwide: About 75 species, widely distributed in the northern hemisphere from temperate Europe, Asia and North America. A few species extend to mountainous habitats in the tropics of Central America and Asia.

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

Philadelphus coronarius

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coronarius L.Image

Other sources of information about Philadelphus:

External websites:

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

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: Philadelphus.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1771, retrieved 27 March 2023

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