1. Family: Malvaceae Juss.
    1. Genus: Hermannia L.
      1. Hermannia comosa Burch. ex DC.

        This species is accepted, and its native range is S. Africa.

    [FZ]

    Sterculiaceae, H. Wild. Flora Zambesiaca 1:2. 1961

    Habit
    Perennial herb c. 20 cm. tall; branches densely stellate-tomentose.
    Leaves
    Leaf-lamina c. 3 × 2 cm., ovate-oblong, apex acute, base broadly cuneate, margin irregularly serrate, crenate or undulate, tomentose on both sides, ± discolorous, appearing ± plicate due to nerves being ± deeply immersed above and raised below; petiole up to c. 3 cm. long, tomentose; stipules up to 5 mm. long, subulate, tomentose.
    Flowers
    Flowers in pairs in the axils of the upper leaves; peduncles c. 1–1·5 cm. long, tomentose; pedicels up to 5 mm. long, tomentose; bracts and bracteoles 2–5 mm. long, subulate, tomentose.
    Calyx
    Calyx up to c. 1 cm. in diam., inflated, globose-campanulate, toothed about 1/5–1/3 of the way down, tomentose, often with stalked stellate hairs or appendages on the angles.
    Corolla
    Petals yellow, slightly exceeding the calyx, spathulate with the margins infolded in the lower half, stellate-pubescent on both sides.
    Stamens
    Stamens with narrowly obovate filaments c. 4 mm. long and pubescent on the shoulders; anthers c. 4 mm. long, pubescent.
    Pistil
    Ovary subglobose, shortly stipitate, apex truncate with 5 blunt processes, tomentose; styles 5 mm. long, puberulous near the base.
    Fruits
    Ripe capsules not seen.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Botswana, Cape Provinces, Free State, Namibia, Northern Provinces

    Hermannia comosa Burch. ex DC. appears in other Kew resources:

    Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
    Burchell [1683], South Africa K000241513 Unknown type material
    Burchell [1683], South Africa K000241512 Unknown type material
    Drege [s.n.], South Africa K000241511 Unknown type material

    First published in Prodr. 1: 493 (1824)

    Accepted by

    • Germishuizen, G. & Meyer, N.L. (eds.) (2003). Plants of Southern Africa an annotated checklist Strelitzia 14: 1-1231. National Botanical Institute, Pretoria.
    • Exell, A.W. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1961). Flora Zambesiaca 1(2): 337-581. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Exell, A.W. & Wild, H. (eds.) (1961). Flora Zambesiaca 1(2): 337-581. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
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