Ellipanthus Hook.f.

First published in G.Bentham & J.D.Hooker, Gen. Pl. 1: 434 (1862)
This genus is accepted
The native range of this genus is SE. Kenya, Madagascar, Hainan to Tropical Asia.

Descriptions

Connaraceae, J. H. Hemsley. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1956

Morphology General Habit
Shrubs or small trees, with unifoliolate, alternate leaves
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences racemose or paniculate, axillary
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers with dimorphic androecium and gynoecium
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Sepals 5, ± valvate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals 5, glabrous to pubescent
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 10; 5 episepalous fertile, longer than 5 epipetalous staminodes; all connate into a basal tube, tube hairy internally
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Carpels
Carpel solitary, ovary and style villous, stigma capitate, ovules inserted on ventral suture
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit an ovoid, obliquely pyriform or cymbiform follicle, acute at apex, narrowed into a basal stipe, densely hairy externally; dehiscence by ventral suture, seed retained but exposed within pericarp, the latter splitting from apex towards base, pericarp dry and tough at maturity
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Testa of seed dark and shining, aril ± basal, oblique, membranous; endosperm present, forming a thin layer around cotyledons, the latter fleshy, somewhat flattened, radicle apical.
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Sources

  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Flora of Tropical East Africa
    • http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0
  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2024. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2023 World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0
  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2024. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
    • © Copyright 2023 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0