0573.000 Calamus L.

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

Description of the genus

Palms, usually scandent, sometimes erect; dioecious, solitary or in small clumps; usually with very long stems. Leaves pinnate 1(-9) divided into numerous segments; rhachis often with sharp hooked spines; leaf sheath usually very prickly. Inflorescence axillary, much-branched; armed often with a sterile, whip-like prolongation; flowers usually arranged in 2 ranks; bracts many, persistent. Flowers minute. Fruit usually solitary, sometimes 2 or 3; globose or ellipsoid; covered in scales.

Worldwide: 381 species in tropical Africa and tropical and sub-tropical Asia and SW pacific.

Zimbabwe: 2 cultivated taxa.

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melanochaetes (Blume) Miq.
rhabdocladus Burret

Other sources of information about Calamus:

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Flora of Zambia: Calamus

External websites:

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

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: Calamus.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=1912, retrieved 29 May 2023

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