Oldfieldia Benth. & Hook. f.

Description of the genus

Dioecious trees, with simple indumentum. Leaves alternate, opposite or in whorls of 3, digitately 3-8-foliolate, long-petiolate; stipules 0. Leaflets entire, stalked or sessile. Inflorescences cymose, axillary, solitary or in pairs; male inflorescences many-flowered; female inflorescences 1-3-flowered. Male flowers: sepals 5-8, unequal; petals 0; stamens 4-12, free; disk central, thick, fleshy. Female flowers: sepals longer and narrower than the male, persistent in fruit; ovary 2-3-locular with 2 ovules per loculus; styles 2-3. Fruits 2-3-locular, depressed ovoid-subspherical, tardily dehiscent into 2-3 valves. Seeds usually 3 per fruit, ± flattened.

Derivation of name: 4 species in tropical Africa

Malawi: 1 taxon.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
dactylophylla (Welw. ex Oliv.) LéonardNImage

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Flora of Mozambique: Oldfieldia
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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Oldfieldia
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Oldfieldia
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Wikipedia: Oldfieldia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Oldfieldia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Oldfieldia

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: Oldfieldia.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=2291, retrieved 23 May 2022

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