5023.000 Adansonia L.

Baum, D.A. (1995) A Systematic Revision of Adansonia (Bombacaceae). Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 82(3) 440-471

Wild, H. (1961) Bombacaceae Flora Zambesiaca 1(2)

Description of the genus

Deciduous trees with soft fibrous wood. Trunks massive, unarmed, cylindric, tapering from the base or bottle-shaped. Leaves digitate; leaflets (1-)3-11. Flowers axillary and solitary, large. Calyx deeply 5-lobed. Petals 5, free. Stamens many, the filaments united into a tube in their lower part. Ovary 5-10-locular, with numerous ovules; stigma 5-10-lobed. Fruit woody, indehiscent, with many seeds embedded in a floury pulp. Seeds reniform.

Derivation of name: after Michel Adanson (1727-1806), a French botanist who travelled extensively in Africa.

Worldwide: 8 species; 1 in Africa; 6 in Madagascar and 1 in NW Australia.

Mozambique: 1 taxon.

Adansonia digitata

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Other sources of information about Adansonia:

Our websites:

Flora of Botswana: Adansonia
Flora of Caprivi: Adansonia
Flora of Malawi: Adansonia
Flora of Mozambique: cultivated Adansonia
Flora of Zambia: Adansonia
Flora of Zambia: cultivated Adansonia
Flora of Zimbabwe: Adansonia
Flora of Zimbabwe: cultivated Adansonia

External websites:

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

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: Adansonia.
https://www.mozambiqueflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=948, retrieved 12 July 2024

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