Itea Gronov. ex L.

Description of the genus

Climbing shrub or small tree. Stipules minute, linear. Leaves alternate, glandular-serrate. Flowers bisexual or polygamous in branched axillary panicles. Calyx with 5 lobes. Petals 5. Stamens 5, inserted at the margin of the disk, alternating with the petals. Ovary partly inferior, 2-locular. Styles 2. Stigmas capitate.

Comment: According to the most recent taxonomic research by the Angiosperm Phylogeny Group (APG-III), this has been moved from Escalloniaceae to the small family Iteacea while the monospecific genus Choristylis has been sunk under Itea.

Worldwide: 16 species in eastern tropical and southern Africa, Eastern and Southeast Asia and the eastern US.

Malawi: 1 taxon.

Itea rhamnoides

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
rhamnoides (Harv.) KubitzkiN,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Itea:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

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

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: Itea.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=647, retrieved 14 June 2024

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