Family:
Apiaceae Lindl.

Cryptotaenia DC.

This genus is accepted, and its native range is Temp. Northern Hemisphere to Tropical African Mountains.

[FTEA]

Umbelliferae, C.C. Townsend. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1989

Morphology General Habit
Rhizomatous perennial herbs
Morphology Leaves
Leaves variously pinnate with broad leaflets
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Umbels compound, pedunculate, numerous; involucre and involucel present or absent, if present then of very few linear bracts and bracteoles
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers hermaphrodite or polygamous
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx-teeth obsolete or more rarely well defined
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals small, white or greenish white, sometimes suffused with lilac, glabrous, incised above an incurved apical lobule
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit ovate to lanceolate-ovate, laterally compressed, the mericarps slightly narrowed to the commissure, glabrous, or pilose when young and soon glabrescent; primary ribs low, not at all prominent; valleculae 1– or (in Africa constantly) 2–3-vittate, the commissure 2–4-vittate; stylopodia elongate-conical, tapering into the recurved or divergent styles; carpophore bifid
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Endosperm pentagonal-subreniform in section.

Native to:

Alabama, Arkansas, Burundi, Cameroon, China North-Central, China South-Central, China Southeast, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Ethiopia, Florida, Georgia, Gulf of Guinea Is., Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Japan, Kansas, Kentucky, Kenya, Korea, Kuril Is., Louisiana, Maine, Manitoba, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nansei-shoto, Nebraska, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Nigeria, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Peru, Primorye, Québec, Rhode I., Rwanda, Sakhalin, South Carolina, South Dakota, Taiwan, Tanzania, Tennessee, Texas, Transcaucasus, Uganda, Vermont, Vietnam, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Zaïre

Introduced into:

Austria, Colombia, Hawaii

Cryptotaenia DC. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Coll. Mém. 5: 42 (1829)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • Coll. Mém. 5: 42 (1829).

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Mém. Omb.: 42 (1829) nomen conserv.

  • 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 2022. 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 2022. 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