1247.010 Xerophyta Juss.


Gonçalves, A.E. (2009) Velloziaceae Flora Zambesiaca 12(2)

Description of the genus

Perennial herbs or shrubs. Stems and branches covered in a thick covering of leaf bases. Flowers with or without a rudimentary corona, solitary on each peduncle. Perianth segments 6, blue, dark purple or white; tube very short. Stamens 6, borne on the perianth. Ovary ± spherical or slightly trigonous, spiny or hairy with trichomes. Seeds clavate or attenuate-conical, angled.

Worldwide: 30 species in central S America, tropical and subtropical Africa, Madagascar and Saudi Arabia.

Mozambique: 14 taxa.

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
argentea (Wild) L.B. Sm. & Ayensu[NrEnd][LR-nt]MSDescription, Image
humilis (Baker) T. Durand & SchinzT,MS,MDescription, Image
kirkii (Hemsl.) L.B. Smith & Ayensu[NrEnd]N,Z
pseudopinifolia Behnke[NrEnd]N,Z
retinervis BakerM?
scabrida (Pax) T. Durand. & SchinzN
schlechteri (Baker) N.L. MenezesZDescription, Image
simulans L.B. Sm. & AyensuMSDescription
splendens (Rendle) N.L. Menezes[NrEnd]Z
squarrosa BakerN
suaveolens (Greves) N.L. Menezes var. suaveolens N,MS
suaveolens (Greves) N.L. Menezes var. vestita L.B. Smith & AyensuN,Z,T
viscosa BakerZ
zambiana L.B. Smith & AyensuN,Z,T

Other sources of information about Xerophyta:

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Flora of Botswana: Xerophyta
Flora of Malawi: Xerophyta
Flora of Zambia: Xerophyta
Flora of Zimbabwe: Xerophyta

External websites:

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

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: Xerophyta.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=373, retrieved 25 September 2023

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