8154.000 Pentas Benth.

Description of the genus

Perennial herbs, subshrubs or shrubs. Stipules divided into filiform segments. Leaves opposite or in whorls of 3-5. Flowers bisexual, mono-, di- or (rarely) tri-morphic, mostly in branched terminal cymose inflorescences. Calyx lobes usually 5, either equal or unequal with 1-3 larger than the others, sometimes leaf-like. Ovary 2-locular. Capsule ovoid or obtriangular, ribbed, beaked, opening at apex. Seeds minute.

Worldwide: 34 species from Africa to Arabia and Madagascar

Malawi: 13 taxa.

Pentas schimperiana subsp. schimperiana

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
angustifolia (A.Rich. ex DC.) Verdc.SDescription, Image
bussei K. KrauseN,S
decora S.Moore var. decora NDescription, Image
lanceolata (Forssk.) Deflers subsp. quartiniana (A. Rich.) Verdc. var. oncostipula (K. Schum.) Verdc.[NrEnd]C
lindenioides (S.Moore) Verdc. N
longiflora Oliv.S
nobilis S. MooreCDescription, Image
pubiflora S. Moore
purpurea Oliv. subsp. purpurea N,C,SDescription, Image
schimperiana (A.Rich.) Vatke subsp. schimperiana NDescription, Image
schumanniana K. KrauseN,C
zanzibarica (Klotzsch) Vatke subsp. milangiana (Verdc.) Verdc.SDescription, Image
zanzibarica (Klotzsch) Vatke subsp. zanzibarica var. zanzibarica SImage

Other sources of information about Pentas:

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Flora of Mozambique: Pentas
Flora of Zambia: Pentas
Flora of Zimbabwe: Pentas

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-19

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2019). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Pentas.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1366, retrieved 20 July 2019

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