7597.010 Alectra Thunb.

Description of the genus

Hemiparasitic annual or perennial herbs, usually erect and hispid, turning black when dried. Leaves opposite or alternate, sessile or ± so. Flowers solitary in upper axils. Calyx campanulate, 5-lobed. Corolla 5-lobed. Stamens 4, didynamous; filaments all bearded or the 2 larger ones only or all glabrous; anthers 2-thecal. Fruit a capsule.

Worldwide: 40 species in tropical Africa and Asia

Zimbabwe: 10 taxa.

Alectra orobanchoides

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
asperrima Benth.N,W,C
bainesii Hemsl.N
orobanchoides Benth.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
parasitica A.Rich.E
picta (Hiern) Hemsl.N,W,C,EImage
rigida (Hiern) Hemsl.C
sessiliflora (Vahl) Kuntze var. sessiliflora N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
sessiliflora (Vahl) Kuntze var. monticola (Engl.) Melch.N,E
sessiliflora (Vahl) Kuntze var. senegalensis (Benth.) HepperN,W,E,SDescription, Image
vogelii Benth.N,W,CImage

Other sources of information about Alectra:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Alectra
Flora of Caprivi: Alectra
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Alectra
Flora of Malawi: Alectra
Flora of Mozambique: Alectra
Flora of Zambia: Alectra

External websites:

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

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: Alectra.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1289, retrieved 14 April 2024

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