Cistanche Hoffm. & Link

Philcox, D. (1990) Scrophulariaceae Flora Zambesiaca 8(2)

Description of the genus

Root parasites totally lacking chlorophyll, fleshy. Stems succulent, simple, often thickened at base. Leaves reduced to fleshy scales. Inflorescence congested, spicate. Flowers simple or subsessile, bracteate, bibracteolate, rather large. Calyx 4- or 5-lobed, persistent; lobes obtuse, rounded, equal or two posterior narrower. Corolla tubular below, funnel-shaped above, more or less curved or bent; limb 5-lobed, spreading, lobes broad, equal or subequal. Fruit a capsule bi-valved. Seeds numerous, minute.

Worldwide: 16 species in southern Europe, Mediterranean, North Africa and West Asia.

Mozambique: 1 taxon.

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tinctoria (Forssk.) DeflersNDescription, Image

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External websites:

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

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: Cistanche., retrieved 22 April 2024

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