7978.000 Sclerochiton Harv.

Description of the genus

Trees or small subshrubs. Inflorescence terminal, spicate. Bracts ovate or 0; bracteoles 2. Calyx actinomorphic, 5-lobed. Corolla 1-lipped; lobes 5; tube shorter than the lobes. Fertile stamens 4, 1-thecous. Pollen prolate. Capsule woody.

Derivation of name: from the Greek skleros, meaning hard and chiton, covering, referring to the woody casing of its fruiting capsule.

Worldwide: 12 species in tropical and South Africa.

Zimbabwe: 3 taxa.

Sclerochiton harveyanus

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
coeruleus (Lindau) S. Moore[NrEnd][DD]E
harveyanus NeesE,SDescription, Image
kirkii (T. Anderson) C. B. Clarke[EN]E,SDescription, Image

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

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Sclerochiton
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Sclerochiton
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Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Sclerochiton
Plants of the World Online: Sclerochiton
Tropicos: Sclerochiton
Wikipedia: Sclerochiton

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: Sclerochiton.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1342, retrieved 21 February 2024

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