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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Angola to S. Africa.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FZ]

Nyctaginaceae, B. L. Stannard. Flora Zambesiaca 9:1. 1988

Morphology General Habit
Spiny shrubs, densely branched, spreading.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves usually in fascicles, sessile to subsessile more or less fleshy, entire.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers solitary or in fascicles, polygamous, usually on leafless branches.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth infundibuliform, 4 (5)lobed; lobes spreading (less so in female flowers), more or less 1/3–1/2 length of perianth.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 8 (9), of two different lengths, the longer exserted, much reduced in female flowers; filaments connate into short more or less fleshy cup at base; anthers oblong-elliptic.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium
Gynoecium reduced in functionally male flowers.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary stipitate, 1-ovulate; style asymmetrically inserted at apex of ovary, stout.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit enclosed in hardened, elongated, longitudinally 4-winged perianth-tube (anthocarp).

Native to:

Angola, Botswana, Cape Provinces, Free State, Namibia, Northern Provinces

Phaeoptilum Radlk. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Abh. Naturwiss. Vereine Bremen 8: 435 (1883)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R., Nic Lughadha, E., Black, N., Turner, R. & Paton, A. (2021). The World Checklist of Vascular Plants, a continuously updated resource for exploring global plant diversity. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-021-00997-6 Scientific Data 8: 215.

Literature

Flora Zambesiaca

  • in Abh. Naturwiss. Ver. Bremen 8: 435 (1883).

Flora Zambesiaca
Flora Zambesiaca
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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 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 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