4826.000 Erythrophysa E. Mey. ex Arn.

Description of the genus

Trees or shrubs. Leaves imparipinnate or 2-imparipinnate. Flowers unisexual, zygomorphic. Sepals 5. Petals 4, clawed, with thread-like appendages at the transition between claw and limb. Stamens 7-8. Ovary 3-locular. Fruit an inflated capsule. Seeds with no arillode.Vollesen comments that "Phytogeographically this is a very interesting genus, which emphasises the relationship between the floras of NE and S Africa as well as between eastern and southern Africa and Madagascar".

Derivation of name: from erythros - red and physa - bag (Gr), referring to the red, inflated fruits.

Worldwide: 9 species: 1 Ethiopia, 2 southern Africa and 6 in Madagascar.

Zimbabwe: 1 taxon.

Erythrophysa transvaalensis

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transvaalensis I. Verd.[VU]W,SDescription, Image

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Flora of Botswana: Erythrophysa

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

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: Erythrophysa.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=911, retrieved 28 March 2023

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