8136.180 Pentodon Hochst.

Description of the genus

Glabrous, ± fleshy herbs. Stipules with a short sheath and several narrow fimbriae. Leaves opposite, sessile with a central vein and obscure lateral veins. Inflorescences lax and open cymes, terminal and axillary, with 1-4 flowers arising at each of several widely-spaced nodes. Flowers sometimes heterostylous. Calyx of 5 triangular lobes. Corolla tube narrowly funnel-shaped; lobes 5. Ovary 2-locular, with numerous ovules in each loculus. Stigma 2-lobed. Fruit a capsule.

Worldwide: 2 species occurring in warm and tropical regions of America, Africa, Arabia and the Seychelles

Caprivi: 2 taxa.

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pentandrus (Schumach. & Thonn.) Vatke var. pentandrus Description, Image
pentandrus (Schumach. & Thonn.) Vatke var. minor Bremek.Description, Image

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Flora of Botswana: Pentodon
Flora of Malawi: Pentodon
Flora of Mozambique: Pentodon
Flora of Zambia: Pentodon
Flora of Zimbabwe: Pentodon

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ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Pentodon
Flora Zambesiaca web site: Pentodon
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Wikipedia: Pentodon
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Pentodon
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Pentodon

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-22

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2022). Flora of Caprivi: Genus page: Pentodon.
https://www.capriviflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1364, retrieved 5 December 2022

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