3101.000 Capparis L.

Description of the genus

Shrubs or small trees, often climbing; branches often spiny. Leaves simple, entire. Inflorescences of terminal or axillary racemes, sometimes condensed into corymbs or umbels. Flowers bisexual. Sepals 4. Petals usually 4. Stamens 6-many. Androgynophore very short. Gynophore present. Fruit a usually indehiscent, spherical, ovoid or elongated berry.

Worldwide: 250 species in tropical and warm regions

Zimbabwe: 5 taxa.

Insects associated with this genus:
Belenois aurota (Brown-veined white) Food plant
Belenois gidica (African veined white) Food plant
Belenois thysa (False dotted border) Food plant
Colotis amata (Topaz tip, Topaz arab) Larval food plant
Colotis evenina (Common orange tip) Food plant
Colotis evippe (Smoky orange tip) Food plant
Colotis pallene (Bushveld orange tip) Larval foodplant
Leptosia alcesta (African wood white) Food plant
Capparis tomentosa

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

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
erythrocarpos Isert var. rosea (Klotzsch) DeWolfN,WDescription, Image
fascicularis DC. var. fascicularis SDescription, Image
sepiaria L. var. subglabra (Oliv.) DeWolfN,E,SDescription, Image
tomentosa Lam.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
viminea Hook. f. & Thomson ex Oliv. var. viminea N,EDescription

Other sources of information about Capparis:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Capparis
Flora of Caprivi: Capparis
Flora of Malawi: Capparis
Flora of Mozambique: Capparis
Flora of Zambia: Capparis

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2002-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Zimbabwe: Genus page: Capparis.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=630, retrieved 27 January 2023

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