1. Family: Amaranthaceae Juss.
    1. Achyropsis (Moq.) Hook.f.

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is Kenya to S. Africa.

    [FZ]

    Amaranthaceae, C. C. Townsend. Flora Zambesiaca 9:1. 1988

    Habit
    Annual or perennial herbs or low shrubs with entire, opposite leaves which may be solitary or fasciculate.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence subcapitate to spicate, bracteate, terminal on the stem and branches, flowers solitary in the axils of the bracts.
    Flowers
    Modified sterile flowers absent, all flowers hermaphrodite and bibracteolate, small.
    Bracteoles
    Bracts persistent, finally weakly deflexed or deflexed-ascending; bracteoles and perianth falling together with the fruit, bracteoles closely appressed to the tepals.
    Perianth
    Perianth segments 4–5, glabrous, firm, deeply concave and usually more or less cucullate at the apex, 1–3-nerved with the midrib ceasing below the muticous apex or excurrent in a minute mucro.
    Androecium
    Stamens 4–5, the filaments delicate, shortly monadelphous at the base, alternating with distinct pseudostaminodes with or without a dorsal scale; anthers bilocular.
    Style
    Style very short to slender, stigma capitate.
    Ovary
    Ovary with a single pendulous ovule, glabrous.
    Fruits
    Fruit a thin-walled capsule, irregularly ruptured by the developing seed.
    Seeds
    Seed globose or slightly compressed, endosperm copious.
    [FTEA]

    Amaranthaceae, C.C. Townsend. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1985

    Habit
    Annual or perennial herbs or low shrubs with entire opposite leaves which may be solitary or in fascicles
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence terminal on the stem and branches, subcapitate to spiciform, bracteate
    Flowers
    Flowers solitary in the axils of the bracts, all hermaphrodite, bibracteolate, small, modified sterile flowers absent
    Bracts
    Bracts persistent, finally weakly deflexed or deflexed-ascending; bracteoles and perianth falling with the fruit; bracteoles closely appressed to the perianth
    Perianth
    Perianth-segments 4–5, glabrous, firm, deeply concave and usually ± hooded at the apex, 1(–3)-nerved with the midrib ceasing below the muticous apex or occasionally excurrent in a minute mucro
    Stamens
    Stamens 4–5; filaments delicate, shortly monadelphous at the base, alternating with narrowly triangular to quadrate or oblong pseudostaminodes with or without a dorsal scale; anthers bilocular
    Pistil
    Ovary with a single pendulous ovule, glabrous; style very short to slender; stigma capitate
    Fruits
    Fruit a thin-walled capsule, irregularly ruptured by the developing seed
    Seeds
    Seed globose or slightly compressed; endosperm copious.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Botswana, Burundi, Cape Provinces, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Malawi, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Achyropsis (Moq.) Hook.f. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in G.Bentham & J.D.Hooker, Gen. Pl. 3: 36 (1880)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (1995). World Checklist of Seed Plants 1(1, 2): 1-483, 529. MIM, Deurne.

    Literature

    Flora Zambesiaca
    • in Benth. & Hook. Gen. Pl. 3: 36 (1880).
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • in G.P. 3: 36 (1880)

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2019. 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 2019. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0