1247.010 Xerophyta Juss.


Gonçalves, A.E. (2009) Velloziaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(2)

Description of the genus

Perennial herbs or shrubs. Stems and branches covered in a thick covering of leaf bases. Flowers with or without a rudimentary corona, solitary on each peduncle. Perianth segments 6, blue, dark purple or white; tube very short. Stamens 6, borne on the perianth. Ovary ± spherical or slightly trigonous, spiny or hairy with trichomes. Seeds clavate or attenuate-conical, angled.

Worldwide: 30 species in central S America, tropical and subtropical Africa, Madagascar and Saudi Arabia.

Zimbabwe: 16 taxa.

Xerophyta humilis

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
argentea (Wild) L.B. Sm. & Ayensu[NrEnd][LR-nt]EDescription, Image
equisetoides Baker var. equisetoides N,W/C
equisetoides Baker var. pubescens L.B. Smith & AyensuN
equisetoides Baker var. setosa L.B. Smith & AyensuN,W,C,E
equisetoides Baker var. trichophylla (Baker) L.B. Smith & AyensuC
eylesii (Greves) N.L. MenezesN
humilis (Baker) T. Durand & SchinzN,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
schlechteri (Baker) N.L. MenezesN,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
seinei Behnke, K. Kramer & E. Hummel[End]W
simulans L.B. Sm. & AyensuN,C,EDescription
suaveolens (Greves) N.L. Menezes var. suaveolens N,W,C,E,S
suaveolens (Greves) N.L. Menezes var. vestita L.B. Smith & AyensuN
villosa (Baker) L.B. Sm. & AyensuN,W,C,E,SImage
viscosa BakerN,E
zambiana L.B. Smith & AyensuN,C
zimbabwensis Behnke & E. HummelW,C,E,S

Other sources of information about Xerophyta:

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Flora of Botswana: Xerophyta
Flora of Malawi: Xerophyta
Flora of Mozambique: Xerophyta
Flora of Zambia: Xerophyta

External websites:

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

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: Xerophyta.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=373, retrieved 18 May 2024

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