7625.000 Striga Lour. - Witchweeds

Hepper, F.N. (1990) Striga Flora Zambesiaca 8(2) 127-135

Description of the genus

Annual, rarely perennial, root-parasitic herbs. Stems stiffly erect, often square. Leaves opposite or nearly so, ± sessile. Inflorescence a spike. Flowers in axils of leaves or in dense heads. Bracts leaf-like or reduced, bracteoles 2. Calyx tubular, 5-lobed or with 5 (rarely 4) teeth. Corolla with a narrow tube, sharply bent above middle, expanded above; the upper (2) lobes erect, lower (3) lobes spreading. Stamens 4; anthers strictly 1-thecous. Fruit a cylindric or ± ovoid capsule. Seeds minute.

Worldwide: 40 species in the Old World tropics and South Africa

Malawi: 9 taxa.

Striga asiatica

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
angustifolia (Don) C.J. SaldanhaDescription, Image
asiatica (L.) KuntzeDescription, Image
aspera (Willd.) Benth.N,C,S
bilabiata (Thunb.) KuntzeCDescription, Image
elegans Benth.C,SDescription, Image
forbesii Benth.N,SDescription, Image
gesnerioides (Willd.) VatkeDescription, Image
linearifolia (Schum. & Thonn.) HepperN
pubiflora KlotzschCDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Striga:

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

External websites:

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

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: Striga.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1298, retrieved 14 April 2024

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