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

[FTEA]

Amaranthaceae, C.C. Townsend. Flora of Tropical East Africa. 1985

Morphology General Habit
Perennial herb with opposite leaves and branches
Morphology Leaves
Leaves entire
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers bibracteolate in shortly pedunculate elongate bracteate spikes which are terminal on the stem and branches, each bract subtending a single flower; bracts persistent, hyaline; bracteoles round, hyaline, falling with the flower
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth-segments 5, somewhat spreading at anthesis, later closing together and considerably indurate at the base; upper tepal narrowest and longest, 1–3-nerved
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 5, shorter than the perianth, shortly monadelphous at the base, alternating with spathulate pseudostaminodes furnished with fimbriate dorsal scales; anthers bilocular
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary with a single ovule pendulous on a curved funicle; radicle ascending; style filiform; stigma capitate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule thin-walled, tightly enclosing the seed, falling together with the persistent perianth and bracteoles
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Endosperm copious.

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Perennial herb with opposite leaves and branches.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves entire.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers bibracteolate in shortly pedunculate, elongate, bracteate spikes which are terminal on the stem and branches, each bract subtending a single flower; bracts persistent, hyaline; bracteoles more or less circular, hyaline.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth segments 5, somewhat spreading at anthesis, later closing together and considerably indurate at the base; upper tepal narrowest and longest, 1–3-nerved.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium
Stamens 5, shorter than the perianth, shortly monadelphous at the base, alternating with spathulate pseudostaminodes furnished with fimbriate dorsal scales; anthers bilocular.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Style
Style filiform, stigma capitate.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Ovary
Ovary with a single ovule pendulous on a curved funicle, radicle ascending.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule thin-walled, tightly enclosing the seed, falling together with the persistent perianth and bracteoles.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Endosperm copious.

Native to:

Assam, Bangladesh, Benin, Botswana, Burkina, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Central African Repu, Chad, China Southeast, Ethiopia, India, Jawa, Kenya, Laos, Mali, Mauritania, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, Zaïre, Zimbabwe

Centrostachys Wall. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in W.Roxburgh, Fl. Ind. 2: 497 (1824)

Accepted by

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

Literature

Flora of West Tropical Africa

  • —Schinz in E. & P. Pflanzenfam. 16C: 62 (1934).

Flora Zambesiaca

  • in Roxb., Fl. Ind. 2: 497 (1824).

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • in Roxb., Fl. Indica 2: 497 (1824)

Flora Zambesiaca
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
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Kew Backbone Distributions
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