Mitracarpus Zucc. ex Schult. & Schult.f.

Bridson, D.M. & Verdcourt, B. (2003) Rubiaceae, Part 3 Flora Zambesiaca 5(3)

Description of the genus

Erect or prostrate annual or perennial herbs with 4-angled stems. Stipules connate with the petioles to form a sheath. Leaves opposite; lamina linear-lanceolate to ovate or broadly elliptic. Inflorescence dense spherical sessile terminal or axillary heads. Calyx tube obconic, obovoid or subglobose; teeth 4–5, 2 often longer; corolla salver-shaped or funnel-shaped, lobes 4. Fruit a thin circumscissile capsule, the upper part splitting off together with the calyx lobes, the septum persistent. Seeds oblong or globose, endosperm fleshy.

Worldwide: 30-40 species mostly in South America.

Malawi: 1 taxon.

Mitracarpus hirtus

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hirtus (L.) DC. NDescription, Image

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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Mitracarpus
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Mitracarpus
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Mitracarpus

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-20

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2020). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Mitracarpus., retrieved 5 June 2020

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