4734.000 Allophylus L.

Description of the genus

Trees or shrubs. Leaves 3-foliolate, usually minutely glandular beneath. Inflorescence (in ours) a raceme-like, branched or unbranched, thyrse. Flowers unisexual, usually male and female in the same inflorescence (female apparently bisexual but anthers sterile), small (sepals less than 2 mm, petals less than 1.5 mm). Sepals 4, the 2 outer larger. Petals 4, each with a hairy scale, greenish, white or yellowish. Stamens 8. Ovary 2-lobed, loculi 1-ovulate. Fruit a drupe, with 1(-3) cocci, ± spherical (in ours). Allophylus species and species of Searsia both have 3-foliolate leaves and look superficially similar. See this note as to how to separate them.

Worldwide: c.150-200 species, widespread in tropical and subtropical regions.

Malawi: 6 taxa.

Allophylus africanus

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
abyssinicus (Hochst.) Radlk.Description
africanus P. Beauv.Description, Image
chaunostachys GilgN,C,SDescription, Image
congolanus Gilg
macrobotrys GilgN
rubifolius (Hochst. ex A. Rich.) Engl. var. rubifolius SDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Allophylus:

Our websites:

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

External websites:

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

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: Allophylus.
https://www.malawiflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=901, retrieved 13 July 2024

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