3796.010 Kotschya Endl.

Description of the genus

Herbs, subshrubs or shrubs. Stipules present, but may be caducous; stipels 0. Leaves pinnately 4-many-foliolate; leaflets alternate, asymmetric at base. Inflorescences distichous, mainly dense, ± scorpioid, often in the form of a strobilus; the flowers reflexed. Bracts entire, scarious, brownish and persistent; bracteoles also persistent. Calyx scarious, 5-lobed. Corolla white, yellow, blue or pink. Stamens monadelphous. Pod with 1-9 articles, folded like a concertina, enclosed in the calyx, the articles rounded, smooth.

Derivation of name: After Karl Georg Theodor Kotschy (1813-1866), Austrian botanical explorer and plant collector in the Orient.

Worldwide: 30 species in tropical Africa and Madagascar

Malawi: 12 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
aeschynomenoides (Baker) Dewit & P.A.Duvign.NDescription, Image
africana Endl. var. bequaertii (De Wild.) Verdc.N
africana Endl. var. latifoliola Verdc. [End]NDescription
carsonii (Baker) Dewit & P.A. Duvign. subsp. carsonii N
eurocalyx (Harms) Dewit & P.A.Duvign. subsp. venulosa Verdc. N
recurvifolia (Taub.) F.White subsp. recurvifolia NDescription, Image
scaberrima (Taub.) WildS
strigosa (Benth.) Dewit & P.A. Duvign. var. strigosa N,C,SDescription, Image
strobilantha (Welw. ex Baker) Dewit & P.A. Duvign. var. strobilantha N,CDescription, Image
thymodora (Baker f.) Wild subsp. septentrionalis Verdc.N
thymodora (Baker f.) Wild subsp. thymodora Description, Image
uguenensis (Taub.) F. WhiteNDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Kotschya:

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

External websites:

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

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: Kotschya.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=740, retrieved 22 April 2024

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