4478.010 Spirostachys Sond.

Description of the genus

Dioecious or monoecious, glabrous trees or shrubs, with milky latex. Leaves simple, alternate, crenate. Inflorescences composed of sessile, narrow, elongated spikes. Male flowers: sessile; sepals 5, imbricate; petals and disk 0; stamens 3; pistillode 0. Female flowers: shortly stalked; sepals 3-5, open in bud; petals and disk 0; ovary 3-locular with 1 ovule per loculus; styles 3. Fruit 3-lobed, splitting into 2-valved cocci.

Worldwide: 2 species in tropical and South Africa

Mozambique: 1 taxon.

Spirostachys africana

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SpeciesFZ divisionsContent
africana Sond.N,Z,T,MS,MDescription, Image

Other sources of information about Spirostachys:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Spirostachys
Flora of Zimbabwe: Spirostachys

External websites:

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

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: Spirostachys.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=871, retrieved 2 June 2023

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