4416.000 Tragia Plum. ex L.

Description of the genus

Erect or scrambling or twining, monoecious (rarely dioecious) perennial herbs or shrubs, with stinging hairs. Leaves alternate, stipulate, often cordate. Flowers in racemes, usually mostly male with 1-2 females at the base. Bracts conspicuous, persistent. Petals 0. Male flowers with 3 sepals and 3 stamens. Female flowers with 3 or 6 pinnate or palmate sepals, becoming enlarged in fruit. Ovary 3-locular.

Derivation of name: named after the German botanist Hieronymus Bock, whose Latin name was Tragus, 1498-1554.

Worldwide: 100 species in tropical and warm areas

Malawi: 9 taxa.

The larvae of the following species of insect eat species of this genus:
Byblia ilithyia (Spotted joker)
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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
adenanthera Baill.S
benthamii BakerS
brevipes PaxN,C,SDescription, Image
hildebrandtii Müll. Arg.S
kirkiana Müll. Arg.N,C,SDescription, Image
lasiophylla Pax & K.Hoffm. N,S
okanyua PaxN,SDescription, Image
rhodesiae PaxC
shirensis Prain var. shirensis [NrEnd]S

Other sources of information about Tragia:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

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

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: Tragia.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=858, retrieved 14 April 2024

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