Cuphea P.Browne

First published in Civ. Nat. Hist. Jamaica: 216 (1756)
This genus is accepted
The native range of this genus is America.

Descriptions

Lythraceae, B. Verdcourt. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1984

Morphology General Habit
Herbs, subshrubs or shrubs
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite or rarely in whorls of 3–5, very rarely alternate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers zygomorphic, 6-merous, usually solitary at the upper nodes, or forming ± one-sided usually simple raceme-like inflorescences, the flowers alternate, decussate or rarely whorled, interpetiolar, axillary or from the internodes, the pedicels joined to them; bracteoles 2 or lacking
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Calyx
Calyx tubular, often brightly coloured and usually ± irregular, gibbous or ± spurred, the sac containing a nectary; lobes short
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Corolla
Petals usually 6, rarely 2 or 4 or missing, often small or vestigial
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 11, rarely 6 or 9, very rarely 4
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary sessile; disc present or rarely ± absent; ovules numerous or (2–)3–few
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule splitting with the placenta finally reflexed
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds flattened, biconvex, often narrowly winged.
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Sources

  • Flora of Tropical East Africa

    • Flora of Tropical East Africa
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  • Herbarium Catalogue Specimens

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  • Kew Backbone Distributions

    • The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Vascular Plants 2022. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and https://powo.science.kew.org/
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  • Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone

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