8154.000 Pentas Benth.

Description of the genus

Perennial herbs, subshrubs or shrubs. Stipules divided into filiform segments. Leaves opposite or in whorls of 3-5. Flowers bisexual, mono-, di- or (rarely) tri-morphic, mostly in branched terminal cymose inflorescences. Calyx lobes usually 5, either equal or unequal with 1-3 larger than the others, sometimes leaf-like. Ovary 2-locular. Capsule ovoid or obtriangular, ribbed, beaked, opening at apex. Seeds minute.

Worldwide: 34 species from Africa to Arabia and Madagascar

Mozambique: 10 taxa.

Pentas zanzibarica subsp. milangiana

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
angustifolia (A.Rich. ex DC.) Verdc.TDescription, Image
bussei K. KrauseN
lanceolata (Forssk.) Deflers subsp. quartiniana (A. Rich.) Verdc. var. oncostipula (K. Schum.) Verdc.[NrEnd]T
longiflora Oliv.Z
micrantha Baker subsp. wyliei (N.E. Br.) Verdc.N,Z,MS,GIDescription, Image
nobilis S. MooreTDescription, Image
pubiflora S. MooreZ
purpurea Oliv. subsp. purpurea N,Z,MSDescription, Image
zanzibarica (Klotzsch) Vatke subsp. milangiana (Verdc.) Verdc.[NrEnd]N,ZDescription, Image
zanzibarica (Klotzsch) Vatke subsp. zanzibarica var. zanzibarica MSImage

Other sources of information about Pentas:

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Flora of Caprivi: cultivated Pentas
Flora of Malawi: Pentas
Flora of Zambia: Pentas
Flora of Zimbabwe: Pentas

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African Plants: A Photo Guide (Senckenberg): Pentas
BHL (Biodiversity Heritage Library): Pentas
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IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Pentas
JSTOR Plant Science: Pentas
Mansfeld World Database of Agricultural and Horticultural Crops: Pentas
Plants of the World Online: Pentas
Tropicos: Pentas
Wikipedia: Pentas

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-24

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2024). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Pentas.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1366, retrieved 29 February 2024

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