7909.000 Nelsonia R. Br.

Leistner, O.A. (ed.) (2000) Seed plants of southern Africa: families and genera Strelitzia 10

Description of the genus

Prostrate herb, rooting at the nodes, softly villous. Inflorescence a terminal spike, with closely overlapping bracts. Calyx zygomorphic; lobes 4, free almost to base; adaxial and abaxial lobes large, the adaxial often 2-fid; lateral lobes small. Corolla 2-lipped; lobes 5. Fertile stamens 2; anthers 2-thecous. Ovary with 8-10 ovules per loculus. Capsule oblong, slightly beaked. Seeds not borne on retinacula, with hygroscopic glochidiate hairs all over surface.

Worldwide: 1 species in the Old World tropics

Malawi: 3 taxa.

Nelsonia canescens

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
canescens (Lam.) Spreng.N,C,SDescription, Image
gracilis Vollesen N
smithii Oerst. N

Other sources of information about Nelsonia:

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Flora of Botswana: Nelsonia
Flora of Caprivi: Nelsonia
Flora of Mozambique: Nelsonia
Flora of Zambia: Nelsonia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Nelsonia

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Nelsonia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Nelsonia
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Nelsonia
Wikipedia: Nelsonia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Nelsonia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Nelsonia

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: Nelsonia.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1322, retrieved 21 March 2023

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