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This genus is accepted, and its native range is W. Tropical Africa to Uganda, Tropical & Subtropical Asia.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FTEA]

Gesneriaceae, Ian Darbyshire. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 2006

Morphology General Habit
Plants pubescent throughout, with some hairs characteristically hooked Weak, often sappy, caulescent herbs
Morphology Leaves
Lowest leaf usually solitary, petiolate, flowering stems usually developing one pair of opposite, petiolate or subsessile leaves
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences appearing terminal but actually axillary to a bract-like cordiform leaf at the summit of the flowering stem, one to several such stems developing above the upper leaf pair; cymes dense, capitate, scorpioid, flowers paired
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx tubular towards the base, divided into five lobes approximately midway along its length
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Corolla gamopetalous; tube longer than lobes; limb bilabiate, the upper lip suberect, two-lobed, the lower lip three-lobed
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens arising from near the corolla mouth, fused at the base, the posterior two only fertile, free section of filaments twisted, anthers cohering face to face; two anterior staminodes welldeveloped
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Disc
Disk cylindric, enveloping the ovary, occasionally much reduced
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary unilocular, subglobose.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style slender, held in position in the upper section of the corolla tube by the stamens.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Stigma
Stigma extended beyond the stamens, papillose
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule thin-walled, subglobose, surrounded by the persistent, somewhat accrescent calyx, circumscissile
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds numerous, fusiform, ± striate.
Note
An Old World genus of over 20 species (only one occurring in Africa), currently under revision by O.M. Hilliard & B.L. Burtt.

Native to:

Andaman Is., Angola, Assam, Bangladesh, Borneo, Cambodia, Cameroon, China South-Central, China Southeast, Congo, East Himalaya, Gabon, Guinea, Gulf of Guinea Is., Hainan, India, Ivory Coast, Jawa, Laos, Lesser Sunda Is., Liberia, Malaya, Maluku, Myanmar, Nepal, New Guinea, Nicobar Is., Nigeria, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Solomon Is., Sri Lanka, Sudan, Sulawesi, Sumatera, Taiwan, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam, West Himalaya, Zaïre

Epithema Blume appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Wallich, N. [Cat. no. 9080], Malaysia K001132188

First published in Bijdr. Fl. Ned. Ind.: 737 (1826)

Accepted by

  • Bransgrove, K. & Middleton, D.J. (2015). A revison of Epithema (Gesneriaceae) Gardens' Bulletin Singapore 67: 159-229.
  • Govaerts, R. (2001). World Checklist of Seed Plants Database in ACCESS E-F: 1-50919.

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • —F.T.A. 4, 2: 501.

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Bijdr., Fl. Nederl. Ind. 14: 737 (1826)
  • F.T.A. 4(2): 501 (1906)
  • F.W.T.A. ed. 2, 2: 383 (1963)
  • Fl. Cameroun 27: 5 (1984)
  • Fl. Gabon 27: 5 (1985)
  • Monogr. Phan. 5: 179 (1883);

Flora of Tropical East Africa
Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Herbarium Catalogue Specimens
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2021. 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