8022.000 Ruspolia Lindau

Clarke, H. & Charters, M. (ed. Moll, E.) (2016) The Illustrated Dictionary of Southern African Plant Names Jacana Media, South Africa

Description of the genus

Shrubby herbs or shrubs. Cystoliths conspicuous, linear. Leaves opposite. Flowers single or in 3-7-flowered cymules aggregated into long raceme-like cymes. Calyx deeply 5-lobed into 5 equal linear-lanceolate or filiform lobes. Corolla usually red, but may be salmon-pink, scarlet or orange-red, hairy, sometimes glandular, on the outside; tube long and linear, divided above into 5 subequal lobes which are spreading or reflexed. Stamens 2, with 1-thecous anthers, included or shortly exserted. Ovary with 2 ovules per loculus. Capsule (2-)4-seeded, club-shaped with solid stalk-like basal part. Seeds borne on prominent hook-shaped retinaculas, without hygroscopic hairs.

Derivation of name: For Prince Eugenio Ruspoli (1866-1893) Italian explorer, naturalist and botanical and zoological collector.

Worldwide: 5 species in Tropical Africa, South Africa and Madagascar

Zimbabwe: 3 taxa.

Ruspolia seticalyx

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
australis (Milne-Redh.) VollesenW,C,E,SDescription
decurrens (Hochst. ex Nees) Milne-Redh.N,W,E,SDescription, Image
seticalyx (C.B. Clarke) Milne-Redh.N,W,C,EDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Ruspolia:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Ruspolia
Flora of Caprivi: Ruspolia
Flora of Malawi: Ruspolia
Flora of Mozambique: Ruspolia
Flora of Zambia: Ruspolia
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Ruspolia

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Ruspolia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Ruspolia
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Ruspolia
Wikipedia: Ruspolia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Ruspolia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Ruspolia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Ruspolia.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1346, retrieved 4 October 2022

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