Description of the genus
Shrubs, all parts stellately hairy, sometimes simple hairs also present. Stipules subulate or setaceous. Leaves petiolate, alternate; lamina 3-7-lobed, palmately nerved, crenate-dentate. Inflorescences of leaf-opposed umbels; bracts similar to stipules. Flowers 4-merous. Sepals 4, deciduous. Petals 4, oblanceolate, white or purplish. Stamens numerous, with nodose filaments. Ovary 4-5-locular. Capsule dehiscent, ellipsoid, covered with rigid bristles.
Derivation of name: Named after Anders Sparrman (1748-1820)
Worldwide: 3 species in Africa and Madagascar
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Other sources of information about Sparrmannia:Flora of Zimbabwe
(electronic Plant Information Center): SparrmanniaFlora Zambesiaca
web site: SparrmanniaGoogle
(Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for SparrmanniaIPNI
(International Plant Names Index): SparrmanniaKew 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: Sparrmannia.
http://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=932, retrieved 20 June 2013