3528.010 Piliostigma Hochst.

Description of the genus

Unarmed trees. Tendrils 0. Leaves simple, conspicuously 2-lobed with rust-coloured indumentum beneath. Flowers medium to small, unisexual in racemes or panicles. Calyx with turbinate tube and 4-5 short lobes. Petals 5. Fertile stamens 10 (in male flowers), reduced to staminodes in female flowers. Female flowers with stigma sessile on the ovary. Pods indehiscent, linear to oblong, woody, many-seeded.

Derivation of name: from the Latin: pileus, a cap, referring to the cap-shaped stigma.

Worldwide: 3 species in tropical Africa, Asia and Australia.

Malawi: 1 taxon.

Piliostigma thonningii

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thonningii (Schumach.) Milne-Redh.N,C,SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Piliostigma:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Piliostigma
Flora of Caprivi: Piliostigma
Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Piliostigma
Flora of Mozambique: Piliostigma
Flora of Zambia: Piliostigma
Flora of Zimbabwe: Piliostigma

External websites:

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

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: Piliostigma.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=690, retrieved 25 April 2024

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