693.000 Gonatopus Engl.

Description of the genus

Terrestrial herbs with an underground rhizome or tuber. Plant flowering before or with the leaves. Leaf solitary, 1-4-pinnately lobed, the ultimate lobes elliptic to linear, usually petiolate, rarely decurrent. Inflorescences erect, appearing before the leaf but often persisting as it develops. Spadix with female flowers below and male above, with a constricted zone of sterile flowers between, lacking a sterile appendix. Flowers unisexual, with 4 fleshy tepals. Ovary 2-locular. Fruit a fleshy berry.

Worldwide: A genus of five species in tropical and subtropical Africa, one in Zambia.

Malawi: 3 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
angustus N.E. Br.SDescription, Image
boivinii (Decne.) Engl.SDescription, Image
clavatus MayoSDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Gonatopus:

Our websites:

Flora of Mozambique: Gonatopus
Flora of Zambia: Gonatopus
Flora of Zimbabwe: Gonatopus

External websites:

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

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: Gonatopus.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=300, retrieved 26 March 2023

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