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This genus is accepted, and its native range is S. Tropical & S. Africa.

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Amaranthaceae, C. C. Townsend. Flora Zambesiaca 9:1. 1988

Morphology General Habit
Erect perennial herbs or low shrubs.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves entire, opposite on mostly branched stems.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers in pedunculate (rarely some sessile) spike-like bracteate thyrses, each bract subtending a bibracteolate partial inflorescence. The sterile flowers (which develop so rapidly as to be difficult to detect in young flowers) consist of a single finally hard and gibbous-based spine, the entire partial inflorescence thus falling as a 3-spined burr complete with bracteoles; bracts persistent on the inflorescence axis.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Partial inflorescences normally consisting of two (occasionally one in the upper part of the thyrse) fertile flowers; one of these is subtended dorsally by a single sterile flower (which is thus contained in a partial inflorescence bracteole), the other by a sterile flower on each side, each of which is contained in a bracteole of its own.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth segments 5, obviously narrower from the outer to the inner.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium
Stamens 5; filaments filiform, flattened, fused only at the extreme base without intermediate pseudostaminodes; anthers narrow, bilocular.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary uniovulate, somewhat compressed, delicate; style slender, with two short or elongate stigmatal branches.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Utricle scarcely compressed, delicate save for a small, firm area about the base of the style, irregularly ruptured by the developing seed; seed with abundant endosperm.

Native to:

Angola, KwaZulu-Natal, Mozambique, Northern Provinces, Swaziland

Centema Hook.f. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in G.Bentham & J.D.Hooker, Gen. Pl. 3: 31 (1880)

Accepted by

  • Govaerts, R. (1999). World Checklist of Seed Plants 3(1, 2a & 2b): 1-1532. MIM, Deurne.

Literature

Flora Zambesiaca

  • in Benth. & Hook. Gen. Pl. 3, 1: 31 (1880).

Flora Zambesiaca
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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