7926.000 Hygrophila R.Br.

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs. Leaves opposite, ovate to linear, entire, sessile. Flowers solitary or in axillary clusters, bisexual, zygomorphic. Bracts resembling leaves. Bracteoles 0. Calyx deeply 5-lobed, sometimes one lobe longer and broader than the others. Corolla 2-lipped, tube cylindric below, upper lip 2-lobed with lobes recurved, lower lip 3-lobed, lobes sometimes reflexed. Stamens 4, didynamous. Fruit a linear capsule.

Worldwide: c. 25 species in the tropics

Malawi: 7 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Junonia orithya (Eyed pansy)
Hygrophila schulli

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
abyssinica (Hochst. ex Nees) T.AndersonC,SDescription, Image
cataractae S. MooreN,CDescription, Image
didynama (Lindau) HeineNDescription, Image
pilosa BurkillN,CDescription, Image
pobeguinii Benoist N,S
schulli (Buch.-Ham.) M.R. Almeida & S.M. AlmeidaN,C,SDescription, Image
spiciformis LindauN,CDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Hygrophila:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

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

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: Hygrophila.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1326, retrieved 22 April 2024

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