Ventilago - Gaertn.

Description of the genus

Lianes or climbing shrubs. Tendrils absent. Branchlets often zig-zag. Leaves alternate, petiolate; blades serrulate or nearly entire, elliptic, usually rounded at base. Stipules minute, subulate, caducous. Flowers 5-merous, perfect, half-epigynous, usually in very densely crowded divaricate axillary cymes, or sometimes the leaves so reduced and the upper branches so crowded that these smaller inflorescences are borne in thyrses or panicles, or very rarely the flowers solitary in the axils. Sepals deltoid. Petals usually clawed and the body concave. Ovary 2-celled. Fruit dry, samara-like, with a basal nearly spherical body and an elongate terminal wing. Seeds one.

Worldwide: about 35 species tropical Australasia, with one species each in Africa and Madagascar.

Malawi: 1 taxon.

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diffusa (G.Don) ExellS

Other sources of information about Ventilago:

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Malawi: Genus page: Ventilago., retrieved 13 June 2024

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