3608.000 Virgilia Poir.

Leistner, O.A. (ed.) (2000) Seed plants of southern Africa: families and genera Strelitzia 10

Description of the genus

Small trees with a narrow or spreading crown. Leaves very variable, imparipinnate, leaflets with up to 23 paired pinnae, subsessile, narrow. Stipules linear, acuminate. Flowers pink to rose-violet, violet-purple or rarely white in axillary or sub-terminal racemes; bracts small. Calyx 2-lipped, tomentose; tube basin-shaped, somewhat compressed laterally; upper lip 2-toothed, lower lip 3-toothed, both longer than the tube. Petals upper strongly reflexed, wings falcate, clawed; keel somewhat shorter than wings, incurved, beaked, with 2 petals, clawed. Fruit a pod, dehiscent, sometimes only along upper suture, 2-valved. Seeds elliptic, yellow-brown to black.

Worldwide: 2 species limited to moist sites along the Cape coastal region of South Africa.

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

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divaricata Adamson

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External websites:

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

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: Virgilia.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1815, retrieved 22 April 2024

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