5661.000 Tristemma Juss.

Fernandes, R. & A. (1978) Melastomataceae Flora Zambesiaca 4

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs or shrubs, with sharply 4-angular or -winged stems and branches. Leaves petiolate, opposite. Flowers 5-merous, sessile or subsessile, in terminal heads surrounded by leaves and leafy bracts; inner bracts coriaceous, chaffy or membranous. Receptacle ovoid or ovoid-oblong, glabrous or densely setose on the upper half or with 1–6 rings of bristles. Sepals persistent, reflexed, ciliate at the margin; petals mauve, pink or blue-violet, rarely white. Fruit a capsule 5-valved, with fleshy placentas, usually splitting irregularly. Seeds numerous, cochleate.

Worldwide: 15 species in tropical Africa, Madagascar and Mascarene Islands.

Zimbabwe: 1 taxon.

Tristemma mauritianum var. mauritianum

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
mauritianum J.F. Gmel. var. mauritianum EDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Tristemma:

Our websites:

Flora of Malawi: Tristemma
Flora of Mozambique: Tristemma
Flora of Zambia: Tristemma

External websites:

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

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: Genus page: Tristemma.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1020, retrieved 9 December 2023

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