7625.000 Striga Lour. - Witchweeds

Hepper, F.N. (1990) Striga Flora Zambesiaca 8(2) 127-135

Description of the genus

Annual, rarely perennial, root-parasitic herbs. Stems stiffly erect, often square. Leaves opposite or nearly so, ± sessile. Inflorescence a spike. Flowers in axils of leaves or in dense heads. Bracts leaf-like or reduced, bracteoles 2. Calyx tubular, 5-lobed or with 5 (rarely 4) teeth. Corolla with a narrow tube, sharply bent above middle, expanded above; the upper (2) lobes erect, lower (3) lobes spreading. Stamens 4; anthers strictly 1-thecous. Fruit a cylindric or ± ovoid capsule. Seeds minute.

Worldwide: 40 species in the Old World tropics and South Africa

Caprivi: 5 taxa.

Striga gesnerioides

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asiatica (L.) KuntzeDescription, Image
bilabiata (Thunb.) KuntzeDescription, Image
elegans Benth.Description, Image
forbesii Benth.Description, Image
gesnerioides (Willd.) VatkeDescription, Image

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

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-23

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2023). Flora of Caprivi: Genus page: Striga.
https://www.capriviflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1298, retrieved 25 March 2023

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