5538.000 Combretum Loefl.

Description of the genus

Trees, shrubs, or woody climbers. Leaves opposite, whorled, subopposite or rarely alternate, usually entire; petiole sometimes persisting and forming a ± hooked spine. Flowers bisexual, actinomorphic, 4-5-merous. Calyx 4-5 (rarely more). Petals usually 4-5, variously coloured. Stamens twice as many as petals, in 1 or 2 series. Ovary inferior. Fruit 4-5-winged. A generally recognisable genus but Schrebera trichoclada in leaf looks very similar. The flowers of many species resemble those of willows (Salix species), hence their common name of Bushwillow.

Worldwide: 250 species in the tropics, excluding Australia

Malawi: 20 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Coeliades forestan (Striped policeman)
Coeliades pisistratus (Two-pip policeman)
Hemerophanes Hemerophanes libyra (Variegated Vapourer)
Pseudaphelia apollinaris (Apollo moth)
Trabala charon
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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
adenogonium Steud. ex A. Rich.N,C,SDescription, Image
apiculatum Sond. subsp. apiculatum N,SDescription, Image
apiculatum Sond. subsp. leutweinii (Schinz) ExellS
collinum Fresen.[Agg]C,SDescription, Image
coriifolium Engl. & Diels?
hereroense Schinz subsp. hereroense SDescription, Image
imberbe WawraSDescription, Image
kirkii M.A. LawsonSDescription
microphyllum KlotzschC,SDescription, Image
molle R.Br ex G. DonN,C,SDescription, Image
mossambicense (Klotzsch) Engl.N,C,SDescription, Image
padoides Engl. & DielsC,SDescription, Image
paniculatum Vent.N,C,SDescription, Image
pentagonum M.A. LawsonC
pisoniiflorum Engl.SDescription, Image
platypetalum Welw. ex M.A. Lawson subsp. oatesii (Rolfe) ExellC,SDescription, Image
psidioides Welw.[Agg]C,SDescription, Image
psidioides Welw. subsp. psidioides C,SDescription
schumannii Engl.S
zeyheri Sond.N,C,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Combretum:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Combretum
Flora of Caprivi: Combretum
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Combretum
Flora of Mozambique: Combretum
Flora of Zambia: Combretum
Flora of Zimbabwe: Combretum
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Combretum

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Combretum.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1007, retrieved 25 May 2024

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