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This genus is accepted, and its native range is Kenya, S. Tropical & S. Africa.
Hermbstaedtia linearis Schinz

[FZ]

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

Morphology General Habit
Annual or perennial herbs, sometimes somewhat woody at the base, but never scandent.
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate, simple, entire.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers bracteate and bibracteolate in spikes or heads terminal on the stem and branches; bracts and bracteoles persistent on fruit-fall.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth segments 5, equal or slightly dissimilar.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium
Stamens 5, the filaments fused for at least half their length, the alternating pseudostaminodes either free and bifid, or each segment adnate to a variable degree to the adjoining filament; antheriferous apex thus appearing as a short tooth overtopped by a free pseudostaminode on each side, or with one short or elongate tooth on each side, or appearing as apical on a broadly flattened, abruptly narrowed or bluntly shouldered “filament”; anthers bilocular.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary with (2) numerous (over 20) ovules; style distinct and elongate to almost obsolete; stigmas 2–3 (5), filiform.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule circumcissile.
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds black, strongly compressed and shiny, feebly reticulate, endosperm present.

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Annual or perennial herbs, sometimes woody at the base, but never scandent
Morphology Leaves
Leaves alternate, simple, entire
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Flowers small, bibracteolate, in dense to elongating bracteate spikes or occasionally rounded capitula, hermaphrodite, usually white or pink
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Perianth
Perianth-segments 5, free, equal
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 5, fused into a tube below, the short antheriferous teeth alternating with conspicuous pseudostaminodes, with a long or short tooth on each side, or set on the rounded apex of the dilated filaments; anthers bilocular
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary with numerous ovules; style short and ill-marked or occasionally distinct; stigmas (2–)3(–5)
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Capsule ovoid, circumscissile, never thickened above
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Seeds black, compressed-lenticular, ± shining, reticulate.

Native to:

Angola, Botswana, Cape Provinces, Free State, Kenya, KwaZulu-Natal, Mozambique, Namibia, Northern Provinces, Swaziland, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Introduced into:

Maryland

Hermbstaedtia Rchb. appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Consp. Regn. Veg.: 164 (1828)

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

  • Consp. Regn. Veg.: 164 (1828).
  • Townsend in. Kew Bull. 37: 82–90 (1982).

Flora of Tropical East Africa

  • C.C. Townsend in K.B. 37: 81–90 (1982)
  • Consp. Regn. Veg.: 164 (1828)

Flora Zambesiaca
Flora Zambesiaca
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Flora of Tropical East Africa
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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