5501.000 Punica L. - Pomegranates

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

Description of the genus

Shrubs or small trees; branches often terminating in spines. Leaves opposite, sometimes crowded on short lateral shoots; lamina simple, entire. Inflorescence 1-5-flowered clusters, or solitary; flowers actinomorphic; floral tube thick, leathery, adnate to ovary and produced above it; sepals thick, valvate, persistent; petals showy red (or white), strongly crumpled; stamens numerous. Fruit berry-like with leathery rind, retaining a crown of sepals. Seeds many, with translucent, clear to dark red or rose, juicy, sarcotesta; cotyledons spirally rolled.

Worldwide: 2 species from SE Europe to the Himalayas

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

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granatum L.

Other sources of information about Punica:

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Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Punica
Flora of Zimbabwe: Punica

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

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: Punica.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=2120, retrieved 26 March 2023

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