7625.000 Striga Lour. - Witchweeds

Hepper, F.N. (1990) Striga Flora Zambesiaca 8(2) 127-135

Description of the genus

Annual, rarely perennial, root-parasitic herbs. Stems stiffly erect, often square. Leaves opposite or nearly so, ± sessile. Inflorescence a spike. Flowers in axils of leaves or in dense heads. Bracts leaf-like or reduced, bracteoles 2. Calyx tubular, 5-lobed or with 5 (rarely 4) teeth. Corolla with a narrow tube, sharply bent above middle, expanded above; the upper (2) lobes erect, lower (3) lobes spreading. Stamens 4; anthers strictly 1-thecous. Fruit a cylindric or ± ovoid capsule. Seeds minute.

Worldwide: 40 species in the Old World tropics and South Africa

Mozambique: 10 taxa.

Striga asiatica

Links to taxa:     View: living plant images - herbarium specimen images - all images for this genus

SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
angustifolia (Don) C.J. SaldanhaZDescription, Image
asiatica (L.) KuntzeN,Z,MS,GI,MDescription, Image
bilabiata (Thunb.) KuntzeMS,MDescription, Image
diversifolia P. Lima[End][DD]N
elegans Benth.MSDescription, Image
forbesii Benth.Z,MDescription, Image
gesnerioides (Willd.) VatkeN,T,MSDescription, Image
hermonthica (Delile) Benth.?
junodii Schinz[NrEnd]GI,M
pubiflora KlotzschN,Z,MS,GIDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Striga:

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Flora of Botswana: Striga
Flora of Caprivi: Striga
Flora of Malawi: Striga
Flora of Zambia: Striga
Flora of Zimbabwe: Striga

External websites:

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Striga.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1298, retrieved 30 September 2023

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