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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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Cistanche
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Cistanche
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Cistanche
Wikipedia: Cistanche
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Cistanche
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Cistanche

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave 2007-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Mozambique: Genus page: Cistanche.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=2244, retrieved 18 April 2021

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