Callichilia Stapf

Leeuwenberg, A.J.M. & Kupicha, F.K. et al. (1985) Apocynaceae Flora Zambesiaca 7(2)

Description of the genus

Shrubs or lianas, glabrous, with white latex; branches unarmed, lenticellate; trunk dichotomously branched. Leaves decussate, those of a pair equal or unequal, subsessile or petiolate. Inflorescences 1–2 in the forks of branches, pendulous, pedunculate, congested, cymose; bracts. Flowers actinomorphic, often fragrant; sepals connate at the extreme base only, imbricate, much shorter than the corolla, inside with 1–4 rows of minute glands near the base; corolla tube glabrous except for pilose ridges leading downward from the base of the filaments; tube cylindric, wider in the upper part; lobes membranaceous, with two apices, one acute and one rounded. Fruit berry-like, many-seeded, the two mericarps free, or (only in C. orientalis) semi-syncarpous; wall thin. Seeds ovoid, testa reticulate and deeply pitted; endosperm copious, surround­ing the straight embryo.

Worldwide: 7 species in tropical Africa

Mozambique: 1 taxon.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
orientalis S. MooreMS,GI,MDescription, Image

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External websites:

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

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: Callichilia., retrieved 3 June 2023

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