964.000 Littonia Hook.

La Croix, I. (2009) Colchicaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(2)

Description of the genus

Climbing perennial herbs. Tuber lobed. Leaves cauline, alternate above, often whorled below, sessile; apex attenuate into a recurved tendril or aristate. Flowers solitary in leaf axils. Perianth of 6, free almost to base, equal, orange-yellow, segments, slightly saccate at base. Ovary 3-locular with many ovules; style straight with 3 branches. Capsule ovoid, 3-valved, septicidally dehiscent. Seeds spherical, red, on long funicles.

Derivation of name: after Dr Samuel Litton (1781-1847), Professor of Botany at Dublin

Worldwide: 5 species from tropical Arabia and NE Africa south to South Africa

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

Littonia modesta

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modesta Hook.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Littonia:

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Flora of Malawi: Littonia
Flora of Mozambique: Littonia
Flora of Zambia: Littonia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Littonia

External websites:

African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Littonia
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Littonia
EOL (Encyclopedia of Life): Littonia
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iNaturalist: Littonia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Littonia
JSTOR Plant Science: Littonia
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Littonia
Plants of the World Online: Littonia
Tropicos: Littonia
Wikipedia: Littonia

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: Littonia.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=327, retrieved 2 June 2023

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