Description of the genus
Erect, or ± climbing, unarmed or spiny shrubs or small trees. Leaves opposite or whorled, simple. Flowers in terminal or axillary racemes or panicles; bracts small. Calyx 5-toothed, persistent. Corolla zygomorphic; limb 2-lipped with 5 unequal lobes. Stamens 4-5. Ovary spherical, 8-10-locular. Fruit fleshy with 4-5 2-seeded pyrenes, tightly enclosed by the persistent calyx.
Derivation of name: Duranta: named for Castor Durantes, physician and botanist in Rome, who died in c. 1590
Worldwide: 20-35 species, tropical American; one widely cultivated in the tropics and becoming naturalised
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Other sources of information about Duranta:Flora of Zimbabwe
(electronic Plant Information Center): DurantaFlora Zambesiaca
web site: DurantaGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for DurantaIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): DurantaKew Herbarium catalogue
Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Stefaan Dondeyne 2007-13
Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Dondeyne, S.
. Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Duranta.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1208, retrieved 24 May 2013