1. Family: Amaranthaceae Juss.
    1. Dasysphaera Volkens ex Gilg

      1. This genus is accepted, and its native range is NE. & E. Tropical Africa.

    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Perennials or small shrubs with opposite or more rarely alternate leaves and branches; indumentum of jointed, almost smooth hairs
    Leaves
    Leaves entire
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a narrow bracteate thyrse with compact sessile partial inflorescences; partial inflorescences basically of ultimate bracteolate triads of 1 fertile and 2 bibracteolate sterile flowers; fertile flowers 3–6 in each partial inflorescence, commonly with 2 triads set on each side of an ebracteolate fertile flower
    Flowers
    Fertile flowers hermaphrodite with 5 perianth-segments which are all similar in form Sterile flowers of few narrow bracteoliform processes and numerous smooth or pilose bristles in several branched clusters which lengthen as the fertile flowers mature
    Stamens
    Stamens 5; filaments filiform throughout or expanded towards the base, free or very shortly connate at the base; pseudostaminodes absent; anthers bilocular
    Pistil
    Ovary with a single pendulous ovule, glabrous, obpyriform, firm and rounded above, delicate below; style filiform, stigma capitate
    Fruits
    Fruit an indehiscent capsule rupturing in the lower delicate area, the entire partial inflorescence probably falling together in fruit
    Seeds
    Endosperm copious.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania

    Dasysphaera Volkens ex Gilg appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in H.G.A.Engler & K.A.E.Prantl, Nat. Pflanzenfam., Nachtr. 1: 153 (1897)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (2000). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS D: 1-30141.

    Literature

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • in E. & P. Pf., Nachtr. 2–4, 1: 153 (1897)

    Sources

    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
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    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