3702.020 Microcharis Benth.

Description of the genus

Annual or sometimes perennial herbs; hairs whitish. Stipules broadly ovate. Leaves 1-9 foliate or simple, basal leaves often distinct from upper; leaflets opposite, venation prominent beneath, no stipules on leaflets. Racemes axillary or terminal, laxly flowered. Bracts persistent; pedicels often spreading. Calyx lobes equal or longer than tube. Corolla pink, wings similar, twisting outwards so appearing tripetaloous. Pods spreading to erect, usually at an angle to the pedicel; laterally compressed, sutures usually thickened. Seeds squarish, crowded.

Worldwide: 36 species in Africa and Madagascar

Malawi: 3 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
angolensis BakerS
latifolia Benth.N,S
remotiflora (Baker f.) SchrireN,C,S

Other sources of information about Microcharis:

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Flora of Botswana: Microcharis
Flora of Mozambique: Microcharis
Flora of Zambia: Microcharis
Flora of Zimbabwe: Microcharis

External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Microcharis
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Microcharis
Google: Web - Images - Scholar
GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Microcharis
Wikipedia: Microcharis
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Microcharis
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Microcharis

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Microcharis.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1955, retrieved 29 November 2022

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