Lepisanthes Blume


Fayaz, F. (2011) Encyclopedia of Tropical Plants Firefly Books, New Zealand

Description of the genus

Trees or shrubs, Leaves alternate, usually paripinnate, usually petiolate; leaflets 2-several pairs, opposite or alternate, usually entire. Inflorescence thryses, axillary above axils or in old branches, solitary or several in fascicles. Actinomorphic or zygomorphic; sepals 5, leathery, concave, imbricate, outer 2 smaller, orbicular; petals 4 0r 5, usually spoon shaped, longer than sepals, base clawed, apex with adaxial scale. Fruit ellipsoid or sub-globose, 2 or 3-loculed, pericarp leathery or slightly fleshy. Seeds ellipsoid, brown.

Worldwide: Species 24 in tropical Africa, Madagascar, Asia and north west Australia.

Malawi: 1 taxon.

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senegalensis (Juss. ex Poir.) Leenh.SDescription

Other sources of information about Lepisanthes:

Our websites:

Flora of Mozambique: Lepisanthes
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Lepisanthes

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Lepisanthes.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=2319, retrieved 2 December 2023

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