3698.000 Lotus L.

Description of the genus

Herbs or small shrubs. Leaves (in ours) 5-foliolate, the basal pair often resembling stipules; true stipules reduced to dark glands or 0. Corolla yellow, pink, cream or white, glabrous. Fruit straight, narrowly cylindric, dehiscent into 2 twisted valves.

Worldwide: 100 species, mainly in northern temperate regions, extending to mountainous areas of Africa and Australia

Malawi: 6 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
arabicus L.S
discolor E. Mey. subsp. discolor N,C,SDescription, Image
goetzei HarmsN
mlanjeanus J.B. Gillett[End]S
namulensis BrandNDescription, Image
robsonii E.D. Martins & D.D. SokoloffN

Other sources of information about Lotus:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

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

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: Lotus.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=720, retrieved 18 April 2024

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