5795.000 Epilobium L. - Willowherbs

Clapham, A.R., Tutin, T.G. & Moore, D.M. (1989) Flora of the British Isles. 3rd edition. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

Raven, P.H. (1978) Onagraceae Flora Zambesiaca 4

Description of the genus

Perennial herbs, rarely annual. Stipules 0. Leaves opposite, usually alternate above, toothed or entire. Flowers in a terminal inflorescence. Bracteoles 0. Sepals 4, not persistent. Petals 4, rose-purple or white, emarginate. Stamens 8. Stigma clavate, spherical or deeply 4-lobed. Ovary 4-locular. Dehiscence of capsule loculicidal. Seeds with a prominent tuft of hairs (a coma).

Derivation of name: from the Greek: epi meaning upon and lobos meaning a pod, referring to the petals which are born on a pod-like ovary

Worldwide: 165 species in temperate areas, especially western North America, arctic and tropical mountains

Malawi: 3 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Hippotion celerio (Silver-striped hawk, Vine hawk)
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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
capense Buchinger ex Hochst.N,C,SDescription, Image
hirsutum L.NDescription, Image
salignum Hausskn.N,SDescription, Image

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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Epilobium
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Epilobium

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Epilobium.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1024, retrieved 2 April 2023

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