8681.000 Cyphia P.J. Bergius

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

Description of the genus

Perennial herbs arising from a subterranean tuber. Stems usually twining rarely erect. Leaves alternate. Flowers in racemes, zygomorphic. Calyx 5-lobed. Corolla either split to the base into 2 lips, the upper 3-lobed, the lower with 2 free petals or all petals united into a tube with a 5-lobed limb. Stamens 5; anthers free. Ovary 2-locular. Style shorter than stamens, obliquely clavate, crowned by hairs. Capsule 2-locular, dehiscing by 2 apical, usually 2-fid, valves. Seeds numerous.

Derivation of name: Kyphos (Gr.) = bent, referring to the shape of the style and stigma. (Clarke, Charters & Moll-Ed., 91, 2016).

Worldwide: 50 species in Africa (mainly southern) and Cape Verde Islands

Malawi: 9 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
brachyandra Thulin[NrEnd]NDescription, Image
brummittii Thulin[End]S
decora Thulin[End]S
erecta De Wild. N,C
lasiandra DielsN,C,S
mafingensis ThulinN
mazoensis S. MooreCDescription, Image
nyikensis Thulin[End]NDescription, Image
richardsiae E. Wimm.N

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

External websites:

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

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: Cyphia.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1457, retrieved 13 July 2024

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