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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Himalaya to Central China, N. & Central America, W. & S. South America.
A specimen from Kew's Herbarium

[FSOM]

M. Thulin et al. Flora of Somalia, Vol. 1-4 [updated 2008] https://plants.jstor.org/collection/FLOS

Morphology General Habit
Erect herbs; roots tuberous
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite, members of pairs similar
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Flowers in terminal corymbose cymes, each flower surrounded by a calyx-like involucre of 5 fused bracts
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth with lower green anthocarp sharply differentiated from large caducous trumpet-shaped petaloid limb
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 3–6, unequal, exserted
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Mature anthocarp ribbed or with knobs, not viscid.
Distribution
About 60 species, almost entirely restricted to the New World.

[FTEA]

Nyctaginaceae, Christopher Whitehouse. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1996

Morphology General Habit
Erect herbs with tuberous roots
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite, lower petiolate, upper sessile
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences 1–many-flowered, branched, often dense cymes
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers sometimes fragrant, bisexual; bracts forming a calyx-like involucre with 5 lobes; perianth brightly coloured, trumpet-shaped, constricted above the green basal region
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 3–6, exserted; filaments united at the base into a fleshy cup
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary sessile, ellipsoid or ovoid; style filiform, exserted, stigma shortly lobed or fimbriate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Anthocarp subglobose to ellipsoid or obovoid, ribbed or tuberculate, not viscid; embryo hooked.

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Erect perennial herbs, tuberous-rooted, much-branched.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves opposite.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescences cymose, 1-many flowered.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences Bracts Involucre
Involucre of connate bracts calyx-like, 5-lobed.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers conspicuous, hermaphrodite, ephemeral.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth variable in form but often tubular with expanded 5-lobed limb, lower portion constricted above ovary, persistent in fruit, upper portion petaloid, coloured, caducous after anthesis.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 3–6, unequal, usually exserted.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary sessile or subsessile, 1-ovulate; style long exserted; stigma globose, usually with densely packed papillae or fimbriate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Anthocarp ellipsoid, globose or claviform, often angled or ribbed, smooth or tuberculate. Fruit enclosed in hardened perianth base (anthocarp).

Native to:

Alabama, Alberta, Argentina Northeast, Argentina Northwest, Argentina South, Arizona, Arkansas, Belize, Bolivia, British Columbia, California, Chile Central, Chile North, China North-Central, China South-Central, Colombia, Colorado, Connecticut, Costa Rica, Delaware, District of Columbia, East Himalaya, Ecuador, El Salvador, Georgia, Guatemala, Honduras, Idaho, Illinois, India, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Manitoba, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mexican Pacific Is., Mexico Central, Mexico Gulf, Mexico Northeast, Mexico Northwest, Mexico Southeast, Mexico Southwest, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nepal, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Nicaragua, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ontario, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Peru, Québec, Rhode I., Saskatchewan, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Tibet, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Himalaya, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming

Introduced into:

Albania, Algeria, Angola, Ascension, Assam, Austria, Azores, Bahamas, Baleares, Bangladesh, Benin, Bermuda, Botswana, Brazil North, Brazil Northeast, Brazil South, Brazil Southeast, Brazil West-Central, Bulgaria, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canary Is., Cape Provinces, Cape Verde, Caroline Is., Cayman Is., Central European Rus, Chagos Archipelago, China Southeast, Christmas I., Comoros, Cook Is., Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Desventurados Is., Dominican Republic, East Aegean Is., Easter Is., Ethiopia, Fiji, Florida, France, Free State, French Guiana, Galápagos, Gambia, Germany, Gilbert Is., Great Britain, Greece, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Gulf of Guinea Is., Guyana, Haiti, Hawaii, Hungary, Italy, Jamaica, Jawa, Juan Fernández Is., Kenya, Korea, Kriti, Kuwait, Laccadive Is., Laos, Leeward Is., Lesser Sunda Is., Libya, Madeira, Malawi, Marianas, Marquesas, Marshall Is., Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, New Caledonia, New South Wales, Nicobar Is., Nigeria, Niue, Norfolk Is., Northern Provinces, Pakistan, Paraguay, Pitcairn Is., Puerto Rico, Queensland, Rodrigues, Romania, Rwanda, Réunion, Samoa, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Society Is., Solomon Is., Somalia, Southwest Caribbean, Spain, Sri Lanka, St.Helena, Sudan, Suriname, Sweden, Tanzania, Thailand, Tokelau-Manihiki, Trinidad-Tobago, Tristan da Cunha, Tuamotu, Tubuai Is., Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Venezuelan Antilles, Victoria, Vietnam, Windward Is., Yemen, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Mirabilis Riv. ex L. appears in other Kew resources:

Date Reference Identified As Barcode Type Status
Spruce, R. [s.n.], Ecuador K000202333
Spruce, R. [s.n.], Ecuador K000202332

First published in Sp. Pl.: 177 (1753)

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 of West Tropical Africa

  • —F.T.A. 6, 1: 1.

Flora Zambesiaca

  • Sp. Pl. 1: 177 (1753)
  • in Gen. Pl. ed. 5: 82 (1754).

Flora of Somalia

  • Flora Somalia, Vol 1, (1993) Author: by M. Thulin [updated by M. Thulin 2008]

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • Bittrich & U. Kühn in Kubitzki et al., Fam. Gen. Vasc. Pl. 2: 482 (1993)
  • L., Gen. Pl., ed. 5: 82 (1754)
  • Sp. Pl.: 177 (1753)

Flora Zambesiaca
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Flora of Somalia
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