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

[FTEA]

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

Morphology General Habit
Bushy perennial or small shrub with opposite leaves and branches; indumentum of jointed, minutely barbellate hairs
Morphology Leaves
Leaves entire
Morphology Reproductive morphology Inflorescences
Inflorescence a narrow bracteate thyrse with compact pedunculate partial inflorescences; partial inflorescences basically of ultimate bracteolate triads of 1 fertile and 2 bracteolate sterile flowers, 2 triads normally set on each side of an ebracteolate fertile flower, but fertile flowers sometimes scattered only
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Androecium Stamens
Stamens 5; filaments filiform, alternating with truncate pseudostaminodes which are adnate to the filaments for most of their length to form a basal membrane; anthers bilocular
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers Gynoecium Pistil
Ovary with a single pendulous ovule, glabrous, turbinate, rounded above with a circumferential free “skirt” about the middle, appearing as if furnished with a scutellate cap; style filiform; stigma capitate
Morphology Reproductive morphology Flowers
Sterile flowers of narrow bracteole-like processes and smooth bristles which greatly lengthen as the fertile flowers mature Fertile flowers hermaphrodite with 5 perianth-segments which are all similar in form
Morphology Reproductive morphology Fruits
Fruit a thin-walled indehiscent capsule, the entire partial inflorescence apparently falling in fruit
Morphology Reproductive morphology Seeds
Endosperm copious.

Native to:

Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania

Volkensinia Schinz appears in other Kew resources:

First published in Vierteljahrsschr. Naturf. Ges. Zürich 57: 535 (1912)

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 Tropical East Africa

  • in Viert. Nat. Ges. Zürich 57: 535 (1912)

Flora of Tropical East Africa
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