8668.000 Wahlenbergia Schrad. ex Roth

LIGHTFOOTIA L'Hér.

Clarke, H. & Charters, M. (ed. Moll, E.) (2016) The Illustrated Dictionary of Southern African Plant Names Jacana Media, South Africa

Description of the genus

Annual or perennial herbs or small shrubs. Leaves alternate, rarely opposite. Calyx lobes (3-)5. Flowers actinomorphic. Corolla ± deeply (3-)5-lobed. Stamens (3-)5. Ovary subinferior to rarely subsuperior, 2-5-locular. Style shorter or longer than the corolla, the upper part with pollen-collecting hairs, glabrous or hairy below, eglandular or with small glands present at or near the base of the 2-5 style lobes. Capsule loculicidal, dehiscing by as many apical valves as there are loculi in the ovary. Seeds numerous.

Derivation of name: after Georg Göran Wahlenberg (1780–1851), Swedish naturalist, geographer, doctor and professor of botany at the University of Uppsala. (Clarke, Charters & Moll-Ed.: 358, 2016).

Worldwide: 200 species, more or less cosmopolitan, but especially southern temperate zones

Caprivi: 4 taxa.

Wahlenbergia banksiana

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SpeciesContent
banksiana A. DC.Description, Image
napiformis (A. DC.) ThulinDescription, Image
ramosissima (Hemsl.) Thulin subsp. lateralis (Brehmer) Thulin
undulata (L.f.) A. DC.Description, Image

Other sources of information about Wahlenbergia:

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Flora of Botswana: Wahlenbergia
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Flora of Mozambique: Wahlenbergia
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External websites:

ePIC (electronic Plant Information Center): Wahlenbergia
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GRIN (Germplasm Resources Information Network) taxonomy for plants report for Wahlenbergia
Wikipedia: Wahlenbergia
IPNI (International Plant Names Index): Wahlenbergia
Kew Herbarium catalogue: Wahlenbergia

Copyright: Mark Hyde, Bart Wursten, Petra Ballings and Meg Coates Palgrave, 2014-21

Hyde, M.A., Wursten, B.T., Ballings, P. & Coates Palgrave, M. (2021). Flora of Caprivi: Genus page: Wahlenbergia.
https://www.capriviflora.com/speciesdata/genus.php?genus_id=1454, retrieved 19 January 2021

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