2179.010 Pilostyles Guill.

BERLINIANCHE (Harms) Vattimo-Gil

Description of the genus

Minute parasitic plants borne within the branches of woody legumes (specifically Julbernardia and Brachystegia). Flowers unisexual, appearing only on smaller branches of the host. Perianth segments 4-12, free, persistent. Male flowers: stamen filaments connate into a column around a central column; the column bearing an apical disk fringed with papillae and surrounded by sessile anthers. Female flowers: ovary inferior bearing a fleshy disk; style short with capitate stigma. Fruit a spherical berry, surrounded by persistent bracts and perianth segments.

Derivation of name: from the Greek: pilos a cap and stylos a pillar, referring to the capitate stigma at the apex of the style.

Worldwide: 11 species in tropical and subtropical America, tropical Africa, Turkey to Iran and SW Australia.

Malawi: 1 taxon.

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Other sources of information about Pilostyles:

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Pilostyles
Flora of Mozambique: Pilostyles
Flora of Zambia: Pilostyles
Flora of Zimbabwe: Pilostyles

External websites:

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

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: Pilostyles.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=511, retrieved 18 April 2024

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