1. Family: Amaranthaceae Juss.
    1. Hermbstaedtia Rchb.

      1. This genus is accepted, and is native to Africa..

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Annual or perennial herbs, sometimes somewhat woody at the base, but never scandent.
    Leaves
    Leaves alternate, simple, entire.
    Flowers
    Flowers bracteate and bibracteolate in spikes or heads terminal on the stem and branches; bracts and bracteoles persistent on fruit-fall.
    Perianth
    Perianth segments 5, equal or slightly dissimilar.
    Androecium
    Stamens 5, the filaments fused for at least half their length, the alternating pseudostaminodes either free and bifid, or each segment adnate to a variable degree to the adjoining filament; antheriferous apex thus appearing as a short tooth overtopped by a free pseudostaminode on each side, or with one short or elongate tooth on each side, or appearing as apical on a broadly flattened, abruptly narrowed or bluntly shouldered “filament”; anthers bilocular.
    Pistil
    Ovary with (2) numerous (over 20) ovules; style distinct and elongate to almost obsolete; stigmas 2–3 (5), filiform.
    Fruits
    Capsule circumcissile.
    Seeds
    Seeds black, strongly compressed and shiny, feebly reticulate, endosperm present.
    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Annual or perennial herbs, sometimes woody at the base, but never scandent
    Leaves
    Leaves alternate, simple, entire
    Flowers
    Flowers small, bibracteolate, in dense to elongating bracteate spikes or occasionally rounded capitula, hermaphrodite, usually white or pink
    Perianth
    Perianth-segments 5, free, equal
    Stamens
    Stamens 5, fused into a tube below, the short antheriferous teeth alternating with conspicuous pseudostaminodes, with a long or short tooth on each side, or set on the rounded apex of the dilated filaments; anthers bilocular
    Pistil
    Ovary with numerous ovules; style short and ill-marked or occasionally distinct; stigmas (2–)3(–5)
    Fruits
    Capsule ovoid, circumscissile, never thickened above
    Seeds
    Seeds black, compressed-lenticular, ± shining, reticulate.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Botswana, Cape Provinces, Free State, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe

    Introduced into:

    Maryland

    Hermbstaedtia Rchb. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Consp. Regn. Veg.: 164 (1828)

    Literature

    Flora Zambesiaca
    • Townsend in. Kew Bull. 37: 82–90 (1982).
    • Consp. Regn. Veg.: 164 (1828).
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • C.C. Townsend in K.B. 37: 81–90 (1982)
    • Consp. Regn. Veg.: 164 (1828)

    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