Saraca L.

Zuijderhoudt, G.F.P. (1968) A Revision of the genus Saraca L. (Leguminosae - Caesalpinioideae) Blumea 15(2) 413-425

Description of the genus

Shrubs or trees. Leaves paripinnate, 1-7-jugate. Leaflets subsessile, ovate to lanceolate, acute or, mostly acuminate. Pedicels with 2 (sub)opposite bracteoles. Flowers bisexual, or functionally male (with a reduced ovary), in mostly rather dense, ± subglobular corymbs, terminal or axillary or on old nodes, sometimes cauliflorous. Calyx with a cylindric tube, with 4(—6) petaloid, glabrous, subequal, yellow to red lobes. Petals absent. Stamens 4-8. Ovary oblong to lanceolate; style filiform; ovules many. Pod flattened, roundish to oblong-lanceolate, woody or coriaceous, 2-valved.

Worldwide: 8 species in SE Asia and Malesia

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

Saraca asoca

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asoca (Roxb.) De WildeDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Saraca:

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Zimbabwe: Cultivated plants: genus page: Saraca., retrieved 3 December 2021

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