8352.000 Canthium Lam.

Description of the genus

Shrubs or small trees, sometimes scrambling or climbing. Spines present in a few species. Leaves opposite, petiolate; domatia present or not. Flowers bisexual or unisexual, 4-5-merous, borne in pedunculate to subsessile few-many-flowered cymes. Calyx with linear to triangular lobes. Corolla white or yellowish; tube broadly cylindric; lobes reflexed or less often erect. Style exceeding the corolla tube, glabrous. Ovary 2(-3)-locular. Fruit a 2(-3)-seeded drupe, sometimes flattened; apex shallowly or deeply notched. Pyrenes ellipsoid to ovoid or obovoid, usually rugulose.

Worldwide: A poorly defined genus of c. 100 species in tropical Africa, South Africa, Madagascar and extending to Asia

Malawi: 2 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Jana eurymas (Banded monkey)
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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
glaucum Hiern subsp. frangula (S. Moore) Bridson var. frangula N,SDescription, Image
oligocarpum Hiern subsp. captum (Bullock) BridsonN,S

Other sources of information about Canthium:

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

External websites:

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

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: Canthium.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1400, retrieved 19 October 2019

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