7186.000 Vitex L.

Description of the genus

Trees or shrubs. Stems usually 4-angled. Leaves opposite or in whorls of 3, (1-)3-7-foliolate. Cymes mostly dichasial, short and dense to open and spreading, bracts often well developed. Corolla white and/or coloured, mostly shades of blue, lilac or mauve, ± zygomorphic; limb spreading ± 2-lipped. Stamens 4, didynamous. Drupes fleshy; fruiting calyx usually accrescent, plate-like or cup-shaped.

Worldwide: 250 species occurring in tropical and temperate regions

Malawi: 6 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
buchananii Baker ex GürkeDescription, Image
doniana SweetN,C,SDescription, Image
madiensis Oliv. subsp. madiensis C,SDescription
madiensis Oliv. subsp. milanjiensis (Britten) F. WhiteN,SDescription, Image
mombassae VatkeDescription, Image
payos (Lour.) Merr.N,C,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Vitex:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

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

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: Vitex.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1210, retrieved 16 July 2024

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