8668.000 Wahlenbergia Schrad. ex Roth


Clarke, H. & Charters, M. (ed. Moll, E.) (2016) The Illustrated Dictionary of Southern African Plant Names Jacana Media, South Africa

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs or small shrubs. Leaves alternate, rarely opposite. Calyx lobes (3-)5. Flowers actinomorphic. Corolla ± deeply (3-)5-lobed. Stamens (3-)5. Ovary subinferior to rarely subsuperior, 2-5-locular. Style shorter or longer than the corolla, the upper part with pollen-collecting hairs, glabrous or hairy below, eglandular or with small glands present at or near the base of the 2-5 style lobes. Capsule loculicidal, dehiscing by as many apical valves as there are loculi in the ovary. Seeds numerous.

Derivation of name: after Georg Göran Wahlenberg (1780–1851), Swedish naturalist, geographer, doctor and professor of botany at the University of Uppsala. (Clarke, Charters & Moll-Ed.: 358, 2016).

Worldwide: 200 species, more or less cosmopolitan, but especially southern temperate zones

Malawi: 20 taxa.

Wahlenbergia virgata

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

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
abyssinica (Hochst. ex A. Rich.) ThulinN,C,SDescription, Image
capillacea (L.f.) A. DC. subsp. tenuior (Engl.) ThulinC,SDescription, Image
capitata (Baker) ThulinN,C,SDescription, Image
collomioides (A. DC.) ThulinN
denticulata (Burch.) A. DC.CDescription, Image
erecta (Roth ex Roem. & Schult.) TuynN,C,SDescription, Image
flexuosa (Hook. f. & Thomson) ThulinN,C
hirsuta (Edgew.) TuynN,SDescription
huttonii (Sond.) ThulinN
madagascariensis A. DC.SDescription, Image
napiformis (A. DC.) ThulinN,C,SDescription, Image
paludicola ThulinNDescription
perrottetii (A. DC.) ThulinN
ramosissima (Hemsl.) Thulin subsp. centiflora ThulinS
ramosissima (Hemsl.) Thulin subsp. oldenlandioides ThulinN
ramosissima (Hemsl.) Thulin subsp. ramosissima N
ramosissima (Hemsl.) Thulin subsp. subcapitata ThulinN
subaphylla (Baker) Thulin subsp. thesioides ThulinN
undulata (L.f.) A. DC.N,SDescription, Image
virgata Engl.N,C,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Wahlenbergia:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

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

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: Wahlenbergia.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1454, retrieved 22 September 2023

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