7971.000 Lepidagathis Willd.

Darbyshire, I., Vollesen, K. & Kelbessa, E. (2015) Acanthaceae (Part 2) Flora Zambesiaca 8(6)

Description of the genus

Perennial herbs and subshrubs. Leaves opposite, decussate. Cystoliths numerous, often conspicuous. Inflorescences of axillary or terminal, unilateral, fasciculate to spiciform cymes often aggregated into dense compound inflorescences; rarely a dichasial cyme or flowers solitary. Calyx deeply and unequally 5-lobed; posterior lobe broader than other lobes, anterior pair sometimes partly fused. Corolla 2-lipped; tube cylindric below, campanulate in throat; upper lip hooded; apex 2-lobed; lower lip with 3-lobed apex; palate upraised with a central furrow. Stamens 4, fertile, didynamous; anterior pair longer, 2-thecous, posterior pair shorter, 1-thecous or 2-thecous. Ovary 2-locular with 1-2 ovules per loculus. Capsule flattened, 2-seeded. Seeds held on retinacula, clothed with hygroscopic hairs.

Worldwide: c. 100 species in the tropics and subtropics

Mozambique: 6 taxa.

Lepidagathis scariosa

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
andersoniana LindauN,Z
eriocephala LindauN,T
lanatoglabra C.B. ClarkeN
pallescens S. Moore subsp. pallescens N,Z,T
plantaginea Mildbr.[NrEnd]N
scariosa (O. Hoffm.) NeesMSDescription, Image

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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: Lepidagathis.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1338, retrieved 23 March 2023

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