Centema Hook. f.

Townsend, C.C. (1988) Amaranthaceae Flora Zambesiaca 9(1)

Description of the genus

Erect perennial herbs or low shrubs. Leaves entire, opposite on mostly branched stems. Flowers in pedunculate (rarely some sessile) spike-like bracteate thyrses, each bract subtending a bibracteolate partial inflorescence. Partial inflorescences normally consisting of two (occasionally one in the upper part of the thyrse) fertile flowers; one of these is subtended dorsally by a single sterile flower (which is thus contained in a partial inflorescence bracteole), the other by a sterile flower on each side, each of which is contained in a bracteole of its own. Perianth segments 5, obviously narrower from the outer to the inner. Ovary uniovulate, somewhat compressed, delicate. Seed with abundant endosperm.

Worldwide: Species in Angola.

Mozambique: 1 taxon.

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subfusca (Moq.) T. CookeGI,M

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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Centema
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Centema
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Centema
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Centema
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Centema

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-17

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2017). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Centema.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=2233, retrieved 12 December 2017

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