Oligophyton H.P. Linder

Description of the genus

Terrestrial herb with by testicular tubers.Leaves dimorphic, with ovate spreading basal leaves and loosely convoluted leaves along the stem. Inflorescence an erect lax spike; bracts half as long as the ovaries, green to somewhat chartaceous. Flowers small, more or less resupinate, with the sepals and petals not spreading; ovary twisted. Sepals free, entire, 1-nerved. Petals more or less enclosed by the sepals, 3-nerved, slightly shorter than the sepals. Lip shorter than the sepals and petals and enclosed by them, 3-lobed and 3-nerved; the side lobes blunt and shorter than the mid-lobe; spur short, straight or curved. Column short; rostellum square with a very small mid-lobe; viscidia separate and held in shallow notches in the rostellum side lobes; staminodes minute; anther erect, 2-celled; stigma 2-lobed, the lobes sessile, slightly convex, diverging from the base.

Worldwide: A monotypic genus endemic to eastern Zimbabwe.

Zimbabwe: 1 taxon.

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

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: Oligophyton.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=414, retrieved 27 February 2024

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