4444.000 Manihot Mill.

Fayaz, F. (2011) Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants Firefly Books, New Zealand

Description of the genus

Trees, shrubs or herbs, sometimes with fleshy root tubers; stems and branches with prominent leaf scars; latex white, indumentum absent. Stipules small usually caducous. Leaves alternate, lamina usually palmately lobed, or dissected; apex glandular or stipellate; pedicel long. Inflorescence terminal or pseudo-axillary, mostly racemose-paniculate. Petals absent; sepals 5, imbricate, petaloid, disc intra-staminal, usually 10-lobed. Fruit a capsule, 3-valved; columella often persistent. Seeds carunculate; testa dry, crustaceous; endosperm fleshy; cotyledon broad and flat.

Derivation of name: native Brazilian name

Worldwide: 60 species in tropical America, mostly Brazil.

Zimbabwe: 4 taxa.

Manihot esculenta

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

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
dichotoma UleE
esculenta CrantzN,CDescription, Image
glaziovii Müll. Arg.C,EDescription, Image
grahamii Hook.W

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Flora of Caprivi: Manihot
Flora of Malawi: Manihot
Flora of Malawi: cultivated Manihot
Flora of Mozambique: Manihot
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Manihot
Flora of Zambia: Manihot
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Manihot
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Manihot

External websites:

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

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: Manihot.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=866, retrieved 28 March 2023

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