3452.000 Dichrostachys (A. DC.) Wight & Arn.

Description of the genus

Shrubs or small trees. Spines present, terminating short lateral branchlets. Leaves 2-pinnate, the rhachis bearing stalked glands at the insertion of some of the pinnae. Inflorescence of pendulous axillary spikes; lower part (when pendent) of spike cylindric, composed of bisexual flowers, yellow, upper part broader, neuter, mauve or pink or sometimes white. Calyx shortly 5-toothed. Petals 5. Stamens 10. Anthers with a caducous, stalked apical gland. Pods clustered, irregularly contorted or spiral, indehiscent or opening irregularly. Seeds flattened, smooth.

Worldwide: 12 species in the tropical Old World and Madagascar

Malawi: 1 taxon.

Dichrostachys cinerea

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
cinerea (L.) Wight & Arn.N,C,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Dichrostachys:

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Flora of Botswana: Dichrostachys
Flora of Caprivi: Dichrostachys
Flora of Mozambique: Dichrostachys
Flora of Zambia: Dichrostachys
Flora of Zimbabwe: Dichrostachys

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

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: Dichrostachys.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=672, retrieved 27 March 2023

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