5056.000 Hermannia L.

Description of the genus

Herbs or small shrubs. Stipules present (in ours). Leaves ± entire or dentate. Flowers bisexual, yellow, reddish, purplish or white, 1-several on axillary peduncles. Bracts 1 or 2 on the peduncle or 0 (kirkii). Calyx 5-lobed. Petals 5. Filaments variously shaped. Ovary 5-locular. Capsule dehiscent with 5 valves.

Derivation of name: Named after Paul Herman (1640-1695), Prof. of botany in Leyden and early collector at the Cape.

Worldwide: Over 100 species in tropical and warm areas

Zimbabwe: 13 taxa.

Insects associated with this genus:
Hyalites eponina (Dancing acraea or Small orange acraea) Food plant
Hermannia glanduligera

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

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
boraginiflora Hook.N,W,E,SDescription
depressa N.E.Br.N,W,C,EDescription, Image
eenii Baker f.N,WDescription, Image
floribunda Harv.W,C,E,S
glanduligera K. Schum.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
kirkii Mast.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
modesta (Ehrenb.) Mast.W,SDescription, Image
oliveri K. Schum.N
quartiniana A. Rich.N,W,C,E,SDescription, Image
seineri Engl.W
staurostemon K. Schum.EDescription, Image
tigreensis Hochst. ex A. Rich.N,C,E
tomentosa (Turcz.) Schinz ex Engl.W

Other sources of information about Hermannia:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

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

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: Hermannia.
https://www.zimbabweflora.co.zw/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=951, retrieved 20 May 2024

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