Afrothismia Schltr.

Leistner, O.A. (2005) Seed plants of southern tropical Africa: families and genera SABONET Report No. 26 SABONET, Pretoria

Description of the genus

Small, fleshy, saprophytic perennial herbs, usually with a single stem; rhizome cylindric, each node with clusters of tuberous bulbils, each with a filamentous root. Leaves alternate, cauline, small, scale-like, sparse. Flowers irregular, relatively large in a simple or bifurcate 1-4 flowered cincinnus. Perianth urn-shaped, with internal flange; lobes sub-equal. Fruit ovary wall and perianth deciduous after flowering, leaving placenta column with numerous ellipsoid seeds around apex.

Worldwide: About 4 species in tropical Africa, rare, in mountain forests.

Malawi: 1 taxon.

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zambesiaca CheekC

Other sources of information about Afrothismia:

External websites:

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

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: Afrothismia., retrieved 3 December 2022

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