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  1. Family: Thymelaeaceae Juss.
    1. Passerina L.

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

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    Flora Zambesiaca. Vol. 9, Part 3. Polygonaceae-Myriaceae. Pope GV, Polhill RM, Martins ES. 2006.

    Branches
    Branches slender, erect or sometimes pendulous, pubescent to tomentose or woolly when young
    Flowers
    Flowers 4-merous, bisexual, wind-pollinated, reddish, cream or yellowish, subtended by bracts similar to the leaves or with membranous wings Flowers 4-merous, bisexual, wind-pollinated, reddish, cream or yellowish, subtended by bracts similar to the leaves or with membranous wings.
    Calyx
    Calyx tube flask-shaped or subcylindric, inflated at the base, glabrous to pilose or woolly Calyx tube flask-shaped or subcylindric, inflated at the base, glabrous to pilose or woolly.
    Corolla
    Petals absent Petals absent.
    Ovary
    Ovary sessile or subsessile, ovoid, 1-locular; disk absent; style filiform, laterally inserted near the apex of the ovary; stigma globose
    Fruits
    Fruit dry or fleshy, enclosed by the persistent base of the calyx tube Fruit dry or fleshy, enclosed by the persistent base of the calyx tube.
    Distribution
    A genus of 15 species in southern Africa, one extending to Angola and Zimbabwe.
    Habit
    Ericoid, much branched shrublets or shrubs, rarely small trees. Ericoid, much branched shrublets or shrubs, rarely small trees
    Stem
    Branches slender, erect or sometimes pendulous, pubescent to tomentose or woolly when young.
    Leaves
    Leaves opposite, decussate, concave or closely involute, lined within with woolly hairs. Leaves opposite, decussate, concave or closely involute, lined within with woolly hairs
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a spike or sometimes subcapitate, terminal or ultimately overtopped by further growth of the branch. Inflorescence a spike or sometimes subcapitate, terminal or ultimately overtopped by further growth of the branch
    Stamens
    Stamens 8, inserted in the throat of the calyx tube, exserted, those opposite the sepals longer; anthers ovate or oblong. Stamens 8, inserted in the throat of the calyx tube, exserted, those opposite the sepals longer; anthers ovate or oblong
    Pistil
    Ovary sessile or subsessile, ovoid, 1-locular; disk absent; style filiform, laterally inserted near the apex of the ovary; stigma globose.
    Seeds
    Seed with a black crustaceous testa, and a fine curved beak. Seed with a black crustaceous testa, and a fine curved beak.

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    Distribution

    Native to:

    Angola, Cape Provinces, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Zimbabwe

    Accepted Species

    Synonyms

    Other Data

    Passerina L. appears in other Kew resources:

    Bibliography

    First published in Sp. Pl.: 559 (1753)

    Literature

    Flora Zambesiaca

    • Biblioth. Bot. 27, heft 111: 137 (1934).
    • Domke in Biblioth. Bot. 27, heft 111: 137 (1934).
    • Bull. Misc. Inform., Kew 1924: 150 (1924).
    • Thoday in Bull. Misc. Inform., Kew 1924: 150 (1924).
    • Gen. Pl., ed. 5: 168 (1754).
    • Gen. Pl., ed. 5: 168 (1754).
    • Sp. Pl. 1: 559 (1753)
    • Sp. Pl. 1: 559 (1753)

    Sources

    Flora Zambesiaca
    Flora Zambesiaca
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    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. 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 2020. 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