1. Family: Amaranthaceae Juss.
    1. Pandiaka Benth. & Hook.f.

      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 with opposite, petiolate or sessile, entire leaves, rootstock slender to tuberous.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence spicate to capitate, elongating later or not, flowers spreading or in one species becoming deflexed after flowering.
    Flowers
    Flowers solitary in the bracts, hermaphrodite.
    Bracteoles
    Bracteoles 2, c. half the length of the perianth or more, the midrib excurrent in a short, glabrous and pungent or longer, flexuose and pilose arista, lamina firm, chartaceous or horny.
    Androecium
    Stamens 5, filaments filiform, monadelphous below, alternating with mostly quadrate pseudostaminodes, these glabrous to pilose, simple or with a highly developed, fimbriate dorsal scale; anthers bilocular.
    Style
    Style slender, stigma small, truncate-capitate.
    Ovary
    Ovary with a solitary pendulous ovule, fruiting wall very thin; apex at maturity firm, with a transverse crest passing through the base of the style, often forming a hump at each end where it meets the periphery, rarely without such a crest but with a circumferential rim, or almost flat.
    Perianth
    Perianth falling with the ripe seed, accompanied by the bracteoles or not; bracts persistent, spreading or rarely deflexed. Perianth segments 5, feebly to strongly 1–3 (5)-nerved, lanceolate to narrowly oblong, usually hairy (rarely glabrous), more or less mucronate to aristate with the excurrent nerve.
    [FTEA]

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

    Habit
    Annual or perennial herbs with opposite, petiolate or sessile, entire leaves; rootstock slender to tuberous
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence spicate to capitate, elongating later or not, flowers spreading or in one species becoming deflexed after flowering
    Flowers
    Flowers solitary in the bracts, hermaphrodite
    Bracteoles
    Bracteoles 2, the midrib excurrent in a short, glabrous and pungent or longer, flexuose and pilose arista, lamina firm, chartaceous or horny, ± half the length of the perianth or more
    Perianth
    Perianth-segments 5, feebly to strongly 1–3(–5)-nerved, lanceolate to narrowly oblong, usually hairy (rarely glabrous), ± mucronate to aristate with the excurrent nerve Perianth falling with the ripe capsule, accompanied by the bracteoles or not; bracts persistent, spreading or rarely deflexed.
    Stamens
    Stamens 5; filaments filiform, monadelphous below, alternating with mostly quadrate pseudostaminodes, these glabrous to pilose, simple or with a highly developed, fimbriate dorsal scale; anthers bilocular
    Pistil
    Ovary with a solitary pendulous ovule, fruiting wall very thin; apex at maturity firm, with a transverse crest passing through the base of the style, often forming a hump at each end where it meets the periphery, rarely without such a crest but with a circumferential rim or almost flat; style slender; stigma small, truncate-capitate

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Benin, Burkina, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Chad, Congo, Ethiopia, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

    Pandiaka Benth. & Hook.f. appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Gen. Pl. 3: 35 (1880)

    Literature

    Flora of West Tropical Africa
    • Suessenguth & Overknott in Bot. Archiv. 41: 80 (1940).
    • —F.T.A. 6, 1: 67
    Flora Zambesiaca
    • in Benth. & Hook. Gen. Pl. 3: 35 (1880).
    Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • in G.P. 3: 35 (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