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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Africa, Arabian Peninsula.

[FZ]

Urticaceae, I. Friis. Flora Zambesiaca 9:6. 1991

Morphology General Habit
Slender annual or perennial herbs, occasionally subshrubs, with erect or prostrate stems, monoecious or apparently dioecious (by abortion of all bisexual inflorescences leaving only female flowers).
Morphology General Cystoliths
Cystoliths dot-like.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate or opposite, petiolate, serrate; stipules lateral, free.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences of sessile clusters in the leaf axils; clusters either bisexual with few-many flowers surrounded by a common campanulate involucrum of fused bracts or inflorescence clusters of many very small involucres each with 1(2) female flowers (the involucres then appear as perianths).
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts
Bisexual involucres usually with many male flowers and 1 -few female flowers (occasionally all the flowers are male); bracts and flowers with long woolly hairs.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Female flowers naked, pedicellate, consisting of an ovary covered with a woolly tomentum; stigma sessile, filiform; staminodes absent Entirely-female involucres are common on certain individuals, and then much smaller and with much fewer flowers than the bisexual involucres. Male flowers pedicellate, club-shaped; perianth 3-lobed, one lobe apiculate and provided with prominent bristles; stamen 1, inflexed in bud, later reflexed; rudimentary ovary absent.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achene enclosed in the persistent involucre, brown, shiny, often crowned by the persistent stigma.

[FTEA]

Urticaceae, I. Friis University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1989

Morphology General Habit
Annual or perennial herbs, occasionally subshrubs, with erect or prostrate stems, usually monoecious (or plants with only ♀ flowers by abortion of all bisexual inflorescences)
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite or alternate, petiolate; cystoliths punctiform; stipules lateral, free
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers in sessile inflorescences, single or few–many together, surrounded by an involucre of fused bracts; inflorescences bisexual or unisexual by abortion (and then usually ♀), axillary and/or in terminal spikes (if each involucre contains only 1(–2) ♀ flowers, the number of involucres in each leaf-axil is usually high) Female flowers without perianth, consisting of a pistil only; style filiform Male flowers ± boat-shaped; perianth cylindrical to conical at the base, open along one side and with a ± erect tip, enclosing 1 at first inflexed, later reflexed stamen; rudimentary ovary absent
sex Male
Male flowers ± boat-shaped; perianth cylindrical to conical at the base, open along one side and with a ± erect tip, enclosing 1 at first inflexed, later reflexed stamen; rudimentary ovary absent
sex Female
Female flowers without perianth, consisting of a pistil only; style filiform
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Achenes enclosed in the persistent involucre.7 species, distributed in tropical and South Africa, Yemen, S. India and Java.

Native to:

Angola, Assam, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Provinces, China South-Central, Comoros, Ethiopia, Gulf of Guinea Is., India, Ivory Coast, Jawa, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Madagascar, Malawi, Rwanda, Réunion, Sudan, Taiwan, Tanzania, Uganda, Yemen, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Droguetia Gaudich. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Voy. Uranie: 505 (1830)

Accepted by

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

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • —F.T.A. 6, 2: 303.

Flora Zambesiaca

  • Friis & Wilmot-Dear in Nordic Journ. Bot. 8: 36 (1988).
  • in Freyc., Voy. Monde, Bot.: 505 (1830).

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Friis & Wilmot-Dear in Nordic Journ. Bot. 8: 36 (1988)
  • Engl. in E. & P. Pf. 3(1): 117 (1888)
  • G.P. 3: 394 (1880)
  • in Freyc., Voy. Monde, Bot.: 505 (1830)

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