3536.010 Chamaecrista Moench

Description of the genus

Herbs. Leaves paripinnate, often with ± cup-shaped sessile or stalked glands on petiole and/or rhachis. Flowers in 1-many-flowered racemes; pedicels with 2 bracteoles near or above the middle. Sepals 5. Petals 5, yellow. Stamens (4-5)10, all straight or nearly so. Anthers basifixed, longer than their short filaments. Pods flattened, elastically dehiscent, with twisting valves.

Worldwide: c.250 species in the tropics, mostly New World.

Malawi: 14 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
absus (L.) H.S. Irwin & BarnebyN,C,SDescription, Image
comosa E. Mey.C,S
gracilior (Ghesq.) LockN,C,S
grantii (Oliv.) Standl.N,C
katangensis (Ghesq.) Lock var. nuda (Steyaert) LockN
katangensis (Ghesq.) Lock var. katangensis N
kirkii (Oliv.) Standl. var. guineensis (Steyaert) LockS
kirkii (Oliv.) Standl. var. kirkii N,S
mimosoides (L.) GreeneN,C,SDescription, Image
parva (Steyaert) LockN,C,S
polytricha (Brenan) Lock var. polytricha C,SDescription, Image
polytricha (Brenan) Lock var. pauciflora BrenanS
stricta E. Mey.C,SDescription, Image
wittei (Ghesq.) LockN,C,S

Other sources of information about Chamaecrista:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

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

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: Chamaecrista.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=694, retrieved 16 April 2024

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