Cylicomorpha Urb.

Kupicha, F.K. (1978) Caricaceae Flora Zambesiaca 4

Description of the genus

Monoecious trees armed with short conical spines, all parts exuding abundant latex when wounded. Leaves palmately lobed. Inflorescences axillary, the male many-flowered panicles, the female of solitary flowers or short few-flowered racemes. Male flowers: calyx cupuliform, obsoletely 3–5-denticulate; corolla tube cylindric, with 5 lobes shorter than the tube; female flowers: calyx cupuliform, entire; petals 5, free, oblong-acute, valvate; androecium absent; ovary ovoid, 5-locular, the numerous ovules borne at the outer angles of the dissepiments. Fruit a subpentagonal, 5-locular, many-seeded berry, the locules not filled with pulp. Seeds with fleshy testa ornamented with a prominent cristate keel and irregular longitudinal interrupted cristate ribs; endosperm copious.

Worldwide: 2 species in tropical Africa.

Malawi: 1 taxon.

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parviflora Urb.N

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

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: Cylicomorpha.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=2046, retrieved 8 April 2020

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