5478.000 Cuphea P. Browne

Bailey, L.H. (1949) Manual of Cultivated Plants Revised edition. Macmillan, New York.

Description of the genus

Herbs or shrubs. Leaves opposite or whorled. Flowers zygomorphic, solitary or borne in clusters or racemes. Calyx tube elongated and corolla-like, ribbed, spurred or gibbous at the base, oblique at mouth with 6 primary teeth or lobes and usually as many secondary teeth. Petals 6 (rarely 0 or 2). Stamens 11, rarely fewer. Ovary usually superior, sessile with a gland at the base, unequally 2-locular. Stigma capitate, 2-lobed. Capsule oblong, papery, dehiscing laterally.

Derivation of name: from Greek: cuphos meaning curved, referring to the base of the calyx tube

Worldwide: 260 species, occurring in America

Zimbabwe: 4 cultivated taxa.

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hyssopifolia KunthDescription, Image
ignea A. DC.Description
llavea La Llave & Lex.
micropetala KunthDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Cuphea:

Our websites:

Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Cuphea
Flora of Zimbabwe: Cuphea

External websites:

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

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: Cuphea.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1823, retrieved 22 June 2024

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