7778.000 Ceratotheca Endl.

Description of the genus

Foetid, annual or perennial, erect herbs. Leaves opposite or subopposite, petiolate; lamina variable in shape, the largest often sagittate or 3-lobed. Flowers solitary in the leaf-axils, pendent, white, pink or lilac. Corolla tube funnel-shaped, ± 2-lipped. Stamens 4. Fruit a dehiscent non-woody capsule with 2 sideways-directed horns at each of the angles of the apex. Seeds never winged.

Derivation of name: keratos - horned, theke - a case (Gr); referring to the horned fruit.

Worldwide: 5 species, tropics and South Africa.

Zimbabwe: 2 taxa.

Ceratotheca triloba

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
sesamoides Endl.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
triloba (Bernh.) Hook. f.W,C,E,SDescription, Image

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Flora of Botswana: Ceratotheca
Flora of Caprivi: Ceratotheca
Flora of Malawi: Ceratotheca
Flora of Mozambique: Ceratotheca
Flora of Zambia: Ceratotheca

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

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: Ceratotheca.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1316, retrieved 19 June 2024

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