8410.000 Geophila D. Don

Description of the genus

Herbs with prostrate stems rooting at the nodes, usually occurring on the forest floor. Stipules interpetiolar. Leaves opposite, ovate to reniform with a cordate base; petiole usually long. Flowers borne on long peduncles, solitary or in a terminal umbel surrounded by an involucre of bracts. Calyx 4-7-lobed. Corolla cylindric or funnel-shaped; lobes 4-7. Ovary 2-locular; each loculus with one ovule. Stigma lobes 2. Fruit a fleshy drupe.

Worldwide: c. 20 species in the tropics

Zimbabwe: 2 taxa.

Geophila obvallata subsp. ioides

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
obvallata (Schumach.) Didr. subsp. ioides (K. Schum.) Verdc.EDescription, Image
repens (L.) I.M. Johnst.EDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Geophila:

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Geophila
Flora of Malawi: Geophila
Flora of Mozambique: Geophila
Flora of Zambia: Geophila

External websites:

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

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: Geophila.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1416, retrieved 28 May 2024

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