Spermatophyta: Dicotyledonae: Archichlamydeae: Piperales


Musselman, L.J. (1997) Hydnoraceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(2)

Description of the family

Parasitic fungus-like plants without chlorophyll with a fleshy underground rhizome. Leaves 0. Flowers solitary, bisexual, actinomorphic, borne on the rhizome, smelling of carrion. Calyx 3-4(-5)-lobed, fleshy, united below. Petals 0. Stamens alternating with calyx lobes; anthers large with numerous thecae. Ovary inferior, 1-locular. Stigma button-like, crowning the ovary. Fruit a large thick-walled fleshy berry. Seeds minute, numerous.

Worldwide: 2 genera and 7 species in the drier tropics and southern Africa and drier South America.

Zimbabwe: 1 genus and 1 taxon.

Hydnora abyssinica

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Hydnora Thunb.Description, Image

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Tropicos: Hydnoraceae

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: Family page: Hydnoraceae.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/family.php?family_id=102, retrieved 10 December 2023

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