3702.020 Microcharis Benth.

Description of the genus

Annual or sometimes perennial herbs; hairs whitish. Stipules broadly ovate. Leaves 1-9 foliate or simple, basal leaves often distinct from upper; leaflets opposite, venation prominent beneath, no stipules on leaflets. Racemes axillary or terminal, laxly flowered. Bracts persistent; pedicels often spreading. Calyx lobes equal or longer than tube. Corolla pink, wings similar, twisting outwards so appearing tripetaloous. Pods spreading to erect, usually at an angle to the pedicel; laterally compressed, sutures usually thickened. Seeds squarish, crowded.

Worldwide: 36 species in Africa and Madagascar

Zimbabwe: 6 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
angolensis BakerN,E
annua (Milne-Redh.) SchrireN,W
galpinii N.E. Br.N,W,C,S
latifolia Benth.N,S
remotiflora (Baker f.) SchrireE
welwitschii (Baker) SchrireE

Other sources of information about Microcharis:

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Flora of Botswana: Microcharis
Flora of Malawi: Microcharis
Flora of Mozambique: Microcharis
Flora of Zambia: Microcharis

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Microcharis.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1955, retrieved 23 May 2019

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