1. Family: Amaranthaceae Juss.
    1. Nelsia Schinz

      1. This genus is accepted, and is native to Namibia, Botswana and Angola..

    [FZ]

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

    Habit
    Erect annual or perennial herbs.
    Leaves
    Leaves entire, opposite on simple or branched stems.
    Flowers
    Flowers in sessile or pedunculate, spike-like, densely silky-hairy, terminal or axillary bracteate thyrses, each bract subtending a bibracteolate partial inflorescence.
    Inflorescences
    Partial inflorescences consisting of two solitary fertile flowers accompanied by one or two lateral bracteolate triads of a central fertile flower subtended by two lateral bracteolate sterile flowers; sterile flowers consisting of long, narrowly bracteoliform, plumose-pilose processes, some short scale-like processes (probably reduced perianths) frequently also present at fruit-fall; partial inflorescences (in the one species in which ripe fruit is known) very indurate at the base in fruit, falling as a burr-like unit complete with bracteoles.
    Bracts
    Bracts persistent on the inflorescence axis.
    Perianth
    Perianth segments 5, narrow, 3-nerved, mucronate, hyaline-margined.
    Androecium
    Stamens 5; filaments filiform, delicate, fused below with the interposed flabellate pseudostaminodes; anthers narrow, bilocular.
    Pistil
    Ovary uniovulate, somewhat compressed, delicate below; style slender, stigma solitary and capitate.
    Fruits
    Capsule scarcely compressed, the very delicate base more or less immersed in the indurate base of the partial inflorescence, the apex in the one species known in ripe fruit with a firm to rather narrow, raised apical rim; seed with copious endosperm.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Botswana, Namibia

    Nelsia Schinz appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Vierteljahrsschr. Naturf. Ges. Zürich 56: 247 (1911)

    Literature

    Flora Zambesiaca
    • in Viert. Nat. Ges. Zürich 56: 247 (1911).

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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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