7109.000 Lithospermum L.

Martins, E.S. (1990) Boraginaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(4)

Description of the genus

Perennial herbs or undershrubs. Leaves alternate, entire. Flowers 5-merous, actinomorphic, on leafy terminal or axillary cymes. Calyx lobed to near the base. Corolla cylindric to infundibuliform, orange, yellowish or whitish; tube with 5 more or less glandular invaginations in the throat and with a ring of nectaries at the base, inside; lobes imbricate in bud. Ovary with 4 free lobes, inserted on the narrow gynobase. Fruit dry, consisting of 4 nutlets or less by abortion; nutlets detaching completely from the receptacle, ovoid to ellipsoid, erect, smooth, white and shining, with the dorsal surface convex and the ventral one obtusely angular with a flat or convex point of attachment.

Worldwide: 60 species in temperate regions, mainly North America.

Zimbabwe: 1 taxon.

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afromontanum Weim.E

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

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: Genus page: Lithospermum.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1199, retrieved 21 February 2024

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