4854.000 Melianthus L.

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

Description of the genus

Shrubs or sub-shrubs, sometimes short lived; stems often hollow, branching near ground; often strongly scented. Stipules paired or fused and intra-petiolar, persistent. Leaves imparipinnate; leaflets 5-27, margins coarsely serrated, rarely sinuous or entire; rhachis with serrated or entire wings. Inflorescence racemose, terminal or axillary; flowers alternate or whorled, apical flowers sometimes sterile forming a red crown. Sepals 5, greenish or reddish; petals 4, reddish. Fruit capsules, membranous, 4-winged. Seeds small glossy, black.

Derivation of name: 8 species in Southern Africa.

Zimbabwe: 1 cultivated taxon.

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External websites:

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

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: Melianthus.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/cult/genus.php?genus_id=873, retrieved 24 May 2024

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